Congress leaders ask Rahul to take over as President

The post was unanimously held by Sonia Gandhi since 1998. She couldn't attend today's meeting due to her bad health
A K Antony

Congress vice president Rahul was asked by senior leaders to take over as the Party’s President from his mother Sonia Gandhi on Congress Working Committee’s meeting convened today.

Party’s senior leader, AK Antony briefing the media after the meeting said that the committee was of the view that the 46-year-old leader must take over the presidency.

“CWC was of the view that Rahul Gandhi must take over the presidency for Congress party, its high time Cong mobilises all forces,” Antony told reporters.

The post was unanimously held by Sonia Gandhi since 1998. She couldn’t attend today’s meeting due to her bad health.

In view of the upcoming elections in states including Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Punjab, and Manipur the long pending problem of leadership change is now approaching an end.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala who was there at the press meet with Antony said the vice president was ready to comply with committee’s decision.

“Cong VP was present in CWC meeting, he said whatever Cong party & committee will decide,he’ll b ready to take up any challenge,” Surjewala said.

The 30 member committee assured Rahul that the top job was for him now.

Recently, Rahul raised several questions against Narendra Modi’s NDA government including in the issue of One Rank One Pension scheme. Last week he was detained thrice in an interval of 48 hours trying to visit the family of an ex-army man who killed himself on OROP issue.

The committee passed resolutions condemning the statements made by Ministers of Central government on surgical strikes by army across LoC.