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Rahul Gandhi set to replace mum as Congress chief

21 November 2017

The 47-year-old Congress Vice President is set to succeed his mother Sonia Gandhi and is expected to be elected unopposed like she has been for the last 17 years.

BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav said in a statement that the Congress president was resorting to "diversionary tactics" fearing defeat in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls. Here are five points from Sonia Gandhi's speech in the CWC meeting that you should know.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday blamed the Narendra Modi government for "erasing contributions" of former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi to the nation. Counting of votes and declaration of results will take place on December 19, Mullapally Ramachandran, the chairman of the Congress' central election authority, told reporters after the CWC meeting.

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Rahul's popularity in the poll bound state where he is repeatedly raking up the twin evils of demonetisation and GST has hit the right chord with the voters which has anxious BJP's top strategists. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the proposed elevation was a step in the right direction which would help revive the party ahead of the 2016 Lok Sabha elections. Having been serving as the party vice-president since January 13, Rahul had begun to exert control over the party by infusing young blood in key positions. As the Congress got ready for a generational shift, the party's communication department chief Randeep Surjewala said Sonia Gandhi would continue to guide the organisation. However, the incumbent Congress president is unwell and it's time she passed on the leadership baton. In this regard, some potential Congress allies may prefer Sonia Gandhi to helm an opposition coalition as they have developed a good working relationship with her.

The election poll schedule released by the party's highest decision-making body Congress Working Committee today in the morning. In the committee meeting, it was decided that the official formalities will be completed before the Gujarat elections and in a rally, Rahul Gandhi will be officially coronated as the next party president.

Rahul Gandhi set to replace mum as Congress chief