CWC to meet on Monday


Rahul Gandhi could be made the Congress President as early as the first week of December, with the party's apex decision-making body - Congress Working Committee (CWC) - set to meet on Monday to take a call.

The suspense over Rahul Gandhi's elevation as the Congress president could be over soon.

Sonia has held the post of Congress chief since 1998 and is already the longest-serving president of the party. While his being named the president appeared imminent some time back, his tight poll campaign schedule and lack of word on the CWC meeting led to talk that this may happen after the Gujarat polls.

Party leaders say though it is not necessary to convene a formal meeting of the CWC to approve the schedule of the presidential election, Sonia Gandhi has chose to get the approval of the party's highest decision-making body.

In October, The Uttarakhand Congress passed a agreed resolution on the lookout for Gandhi's pramotion as the party president.

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Congress scion Rahul, who entered politics in 2004, was appointed as the vice president of the party in 2013. Her extension as party chief ends in December by when the Congress would have to intimate the Election Commission about the new party chief or whether Sonia would continue for another year. "If only one nomination is filed, the results will be announced on the date of withdrawal of nominations", AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.

He also alleged that Congress did bungling in the loan and it was not repaid, and that Sonia and Rahul were made directors of a company - Young Indian - in November 2010, which acquired nearly all the shareholding of the AJL and all its properties, reportedly worth Rs. 5,000 crore.

According to a tentative schedule sent by the Congress Election Committee, nomination filing exercise could begin from November 21 and candidates can withdraw their names till December 1.

As of now, Mr. Gandhi is the only candidate in the fray and is likely be elected unopposed - a sentiment conveyed by almost all the PCCs, who have passed resolutions asking that he take over as president.