Rahul close to becoming Cong president

Rahul close to becoming Cong president

Rahul Gandhi moved a step closer to being elevated as Congress chief on Monday with the party's top decision-making body announcing the schedule of the presidential election, which is going to be held after seven years.

After repeated prodding by the Election Commission on holding internal polls, the Congress Working Committee approved an election schedule that may lead to 47-year-old Rahul being declared Congress president as early as on December 5, if no other leader enters the contest.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi would relinquish the post in favour of Rahul after 19 years at the helm during which she steered the party to two consecutive Lok Sabha victories.

Party polls soon

According to the schedule approved by the CWC, presidential elections will be notified on December 1.

"The last date of filing nominations is December 4, while scrutiny of nominations will take place on December 5," Mullapally Ramachandran, chairman of the Central Election Authority, told reporters after the CWC meeting.

He said the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is December 11.

"If there is more than one nomination, the elections will be held on December 16 and counting will take place on December 19," Ramachandran said.

Several Congress leaders DH spoke to said that the presidential election was expected to be unopposed and held much before the first phase of Gujarat elections on December 9.

If Rahul's is the only nomination received by the poll authority, it will be announced on December 5.

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