In what seems to be another dynastic succession, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is all set to be named as the next president of the Congress on Monday. He will be taking his mother Sonia Gandhi’s place and is likely to operate in the new role from December 16. Mr. Gandhi, who has often been seen as a reluctant politician, will take over the reins of India's oldest political party at a time when he has to hold on to the old guards along with bringing new life to the party that is facing major vote crises.
December 11, 2017, is the last date for withdrawal of candidature, and Gandhi is the only candidate in the race to fill his mother Sonia Gandhi’s shoes as party president. The 47-year-old leader will become the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to take over the post of the Congress President. The elevation comes at a time when the Congress has lost elections in over a dozen states since 2014 and faces alarming erosion in its support-base particularly in northern India.
As many as 89 sets of nomination papers for Rahul with proposers, including Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other Congress Working Committee members, had been received by the party’s election authority.
Before filing his papers at the Congress headquarters, Rahul had visited the residences of Pranab Mukherjee and Manmohan Singh besides his mother to seek their blessings.Will Rahul Gandhi be the wind of change in the Congress party is yet to be seen but the fact remains that the new leader will have his hands full if the party wants any chance to get their grip back on the voters.Read More