Section of Congress for Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as party president


Rahul-Gandhi1All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretaries have demanded that party vice-president Rahul Gandhi be elevated to the post of the Congress president.

They said that this (the elevation) could not be made possible due to the vested interests of certain leaders.

Talk of Rahul taking over the baton from Sonia Gandhi, the existing party chief, has been making rounds for quite some time now.

Many leaders have a divided opinion about the timing of Rahul’s elevation. They want the decision postponed until the upcoming Assembly polls are done.

Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath, Jyotoraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot have on several occasions demanded Rahul’s elevation as Congress chief.

In view of the forthcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Goa, some leaders feel that Sonia should continue to lead the party. There should be no changes during this time.

Earlier, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) had on November 7 unanimously supported a proposal for Rahul’s elevation, who chaired the CWC meet notably, in Sonia Gandhi’s absence.

Rahul, 46, was made vice-president in January 2013 at the Congress’s Chintan Shivir session in Jaipur.

His appointment was welcomed by former PM Manmohan Singh, party chief Sonia Gandhi and scores of party workers.

It may be noted Sonia holds the record of being the Congress president for 18 straight years. She had taken over from Sitaram Kesri in 1998.

In 2014, when the Congress won just 44 seats, the stunned party put off Rahul’s elevation plans on hold.
Now after more than two years, a section of the party felt that inevitable could not be postponed any longer and hence the demand for Rahul’s elevation.