New Delhi, Nov 20: The long-awaited elevation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president is finally happening. In all likelihood, Rahul Gandhi will officially take over as the Congress president on December 5. The party, however, has scheduled internal election on December 16 if someone challenges Rahul. Results would be declared on December 19, a day after results of Himachal and Gujarat Assembly elections will be announced.Also Read - Navjot Singh Sidhu to Continue As Punjab Congress Chief, Has Withdrawn Resignation: Harish Rawat
Similar to her mother, Rahul Gandhi, 47, is expected to be elected on the top party post unopposed. The Congress is yet to decided who would replace him as the vice-president of the party. When asked Sonia’s role, the Congress said she would continue to guide the party workers. Also Read - Gandhi-Savarkar Row: Don't Think Mahatma Gandhi is Father of Nation, Says Veer Savarkar's Grandson | WATCH
“Sonia Gandhiji’s guidance and able leadership will be available to Congress workers,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. Also Read - Maharashtra Bandh: 8 BEST Buses Damaged, Markets Shut As Normal Life Hit; BJP Slams Uddhav Govt | 10 Points
Sonia Gandhi, 70, has not keeping well for a long time now and it is yet to be seen whether she would take up the role of a mentor or not. Sonia, who was elected as Congress president in 1998, is the longest-serving head of the party.
‘PM Modi Lacks Courage’
Speaking at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) at 10 Janpath, New Delhi, Sonia Gandhi accused the BJP-led Union Government of sabotaging the Winter session of Parliament. The Winter session of Parliament usually starts from the third week of November and concludes by the third week of December. However, the government is yet to issue a notification in this regard.
Launching an all out attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi accused the government of being “ill prepared” to implement the goods and services tax (GST), which she described as a “flawed” tax regime.
“The Modi-government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’ Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter session of Parliament on flimsy grounds,” she told the party’s highest decision-making body.