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21 November 2017, 12:37 | Kenneth Drake

CWC resolution wants Rahul Gandhi as Congress president; official announcement next month

CWC meet today to clear decks for Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party chief

After detailed discussion, the party passed a resolution to make Rahul Gandhi new Chief of the party. "The government is mistaken if it thinks that by locking the temple of democracy, it will escape constitutional accountability ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat", Gandhi said in her opening remarks. According to party sources, Rahul Gandhi told the meeting that every Congress worker should "aim for the bull's eye" in the upcoming election in Gujarat, where the party is locked in a bitter contest with the BJP after being out of power for 22 years. As per the reports, the party elections poll will be issued on 1st December and candidates will file nominations on 4th December and voting will take place on 16th December.

Calling the proposed elevation of Gandhi as Congress president a step in the right direction, he said it would help revive the party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Rahul's reluctance to lead the party from the front was also seen as a reason for the delay in his coronation.

Gandhi cited unemployment, rising inflation, falling exports, demonetisation and GST as important factors to be discussed. "Over the last 18 months, the election process that has concluded in all but six states has elected block presidents, an equal number of delegates, primary units and party members".

If Mr. Gandhi is the only candidate in the fray -which is a strong possibility - his election will be a forgone conclusion on December 11 itself.

The Congress had earlier set a deadline to complete the organisational elections by October-end. Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to face any challenge.

PAAS leader Hardik Patel even cancelled his rally in Rajkot where he was expected to announce a possible alliance with the Congress.

In fact, the Congress in its first list of 77 also named candidates for seats which were demanded by the NCP. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party general secretaries also attended the CWC meeting. "The Modi-government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India' Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the winter session of Parliament on flimsy grounds", Gandhi said at the CWC meeting. "We enjoy good equation with her", he said.

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