New Delhi, October 13: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday cleared the air regarding party vice president and his son Rahul Gandhi’s elevation and said he will soon take over as Congress chief. “You have been asking this for so many years and it’s now happening,” Sonia said.
Rahul, however, refused to comment on his elevation as the party president, NDTV reported. He has been the party vice president since 2013.
Rahul is set to take over as Congress chief from his mother after Diwali, sources said. Currently, the party is wrapping up an elaborate process of electing state chiefs, members of central bodies and the president.
Like his mother, Rahul is likely to be elevated unopposed. The Congress Working Committee, the highest decision making body in the party, is expected to meet soon to decide the dates for the election of a new president.
Sonia had taken over as the Congress president from Sitaram Kesari in 1998 and is the longest-serving head in the party’s 131-year history.
Recently, state after state party units have unanimously passed resolution to appoint Rahul as party president. With Assembly elections round the corner, he is wooing voters in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
The Congress is currently conducting organisational polls, including for the post of president. The Election Commission has set a December deadline for the Congress to conclude the exercise. The All India Congress Committee, however, plans to complete the process by the end of this month.
With inputs from PTI