Congress clears decks for Rahul Gandhi's elevation

by Susie Olson November 21, 2017, 0:37
Congress clears decks for Rahul Gandhi's elevation

Addressing the Congress Working Committee, which met here to finalise the schedule for the election of the next Congress chief, Gandhi said that despite Modi's failure to adhere to the promises made during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he continues making "false promises". "The government is mistaken if it thinks that by locking the temple of democracy, it will escape constitutional accountability ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat", Gandhi said in her opening remarks.

The elections in Gujarat will take place in 2 phases on December 9 and 14.

"The Congress president further added", A year later, demonetization has done nothing but rub salt on the wounds of distressed farmers, small traders, housewives and daily workers.

Among the other senior leaders who are star campaigners are AICC General Secretary in-charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and others. "It will always be available to not just Rahul-ji but also Congress men and women", he said.

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The party had delayed the announcement of Rahul's elevation time and again amid reported tussle between the old guard and the young brigade. The Gandhi-Nehru family has also given the country three prime ministers. "The government will soon take a decision on parliament dates", the minister had said.

"Rahulji, but also to crores and crores of Congressmen and women always". Replying to a question on the role of Sonia Gandhi after the election, Surjewala said, "Let the election process be concluded and I will be very happy to answer that question".

Some state units had already passed the resolution to appoint him as party chief. In this regard, some potential Congress allies may prefer Sonia Gandhi to helm an opposition coalition as they have developed a good working relationship with her. The Election Commission has given the party the last extension for completing the internal poll process by the end of this year.

Still, Mr Gandhi, who is often called a reluctant prince, has struggled to make his mark in Indian politics and has been unable to revive the Congress party - seen as a secular party with its traditional voter base in rural India and among minorities - with India today led by popular Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Rahul Gandhi became the party's vice president on January 2, 2013.

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