Congress Working Committee to meet on Monday on Rahul elevation

Rahul Roy

The polls, if necessary, will be held on December 8 and counting could be carried out on December 11.

The plea by Swamy in the National Herald case include Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, party leaders Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda. With his election, party leaders are hoping, both ends would be achieved.

Explaining the process for the elections, Dwivedi said the CWC approves schedule for the elections, "The Congress Working Committee approves the schedule for the Congress President Elections separately". "If only one nomination is filed it'll be announced on date of withdrawal of nominations that he is the President since there is no other nomination", senior Congress leader Janardhan Diwedi told the media on Saturday.

Once elected, Mr Gandhi will succeed his mother, who has held the post uninterruptedly for 19 years - the longest serving party president. The election could happen even before Gujarat Assembly polls. A few days back it had been reported that the party elections had been put off till after the Gujarat polls.

The CEA has already completed the process of constitution of members of Pradesh Congress Committees, the electoral college for electing party president, in all States and UTs.

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The Congress Vice President's elevation has been in speculation for more than three years.

On asking what date will Rahul be "crowned" as the party president, Dwivedi asserted that using this word would be "wrong" at the moment.

Now the spotlight will on Sonia Gandhi's next role at a time when Congress is trying to arrive at maximum possible Opposition unity and a number of Opposition leaders, having indicated their preference for Sonia remaining in the lead role for Opposition unity. Sources said she would remain a figurehead and could continue as chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party.

Rahul (47) also mentored Youth Congress and party's student wing NSUI as AICC general secretary in-charge.

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