CWC meet today: Rahul likely to become Cong prez before Guj polls

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi during release of the third volume of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s autobiography ‘The Coalition Years — 1996-2012’ at Teen Murti Bhawan in New Delhi

Reports claimed the body will announce the schedule of election for the post of Congress President, following which the election would be held within 15 days.

Congress election committee has send a tentative schedule wherein November 21 has been fixed as the date to file nomination and December 1 as the date for withdrawal of candidature.

Party chief Sonia Gandhi has convened a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday to approve the schedule for election of the Congress president.

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According to sources, Rahul's elevation as party president will take place before December 2. Sonia Gandhi's elevation as the President by CWC was challenged by Jitendra Prasad which led to an election.

Analysts say that Rahul's election as the new Congress president just before the Gujarat polls will be an utterly bold move indicating the Congress party's election preparedness. The date of organisational poll is December 8 and counting is on December 11.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has indicated willingness to take over the position of the party president.

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Rahul's elevation to the rank of Congress president is being considered as a precursor to he being announced as the Congress' prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

There has been a mounting insistence in the Congress that he end lingering uncertainty and speculation and grasp the responsibility that will make him the fifth Nehru-Gandhi to head the party.

During his recent Gujarat visit, the Gandhi scion had given hint that he will take charge of Congress before the state goes to poll.

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The Election Commission has asked Congress to complete its organisational elections by December 31.

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