Cong internal polls enter last lap, Rahul set to don mantle

Cong internal polls enter last lap, Rahul set to don mantle

The process for the election of new Congress president has entered the last lap with state units passing resolutions urging Rahul Gandhi to assume the top post.

The newly elected Tamil Nadu Pradesh Congress Committee was the first to pass a resolution at its meeting on Friday asking the Congress president to nominate the state unit president, the executive committee and AICC delegates.

On Saturday, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee passed a similar resolution at a meeting attended by its chief Ajay Maken, former prime minister Manmohan Singh among others.

“We, newly elected delegates to the DPCC, unanimously resolve that Rahul Gandhi, should take over as the president of the AlCC,” read a second resolution that was passed at the DPCC meeting held here.

Similar resolutions are expected to be passed by state units of the Congress across the country by Tuesday. Armed with these resolutions, the Chairman of the Central Election Authority, Mullapally Ramachandran is scheduled to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday.

Gandhi is then expected to convene a meeting of the Congress Working Committee to draw up the schedule of the presidential election.

“Our schedule for the presidential poll will be similar to the one announced by the Election Commission. Rahul Gandhi could be declared elected as Congress president if no one else files nomination papers to make it a contest,” a senior leader said.

The presidential election will be followed by another round of polls to elect the Congress Working Committee. The CWC has 25 members, of whom at least 12 are elected by All India Congress Committee (AICC) delegates. The last elections to the CWC were held in 1997. Since then, the Congress president had been empowered to constitute the CWC, which is the party’s top decision making body.

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