Sonia Gandhi to remain Congress president, Rahul's elevation delayed: Reports
Sonia Gandhi will continue to be the president of the Congress party for another year, as per reports on Thursday.
Delhi: Sonia Gandhi may continue to be the president of the Congress party for another year, as per reports on Thursday.
ANI quoted sources as saying “Sonia Gandhi will continue to be the president of the party for another year.”
This means that the elevation of Rahul Gandhi will be delayed.
However, there has been no official confirmation of the same.
Some media reports also said that decision on Rahul will be taken after the Bihar Assembly Elections.
Sonia's term as party chief is expiring this year.
The elections for main posts of the party have to be held by the end of December.
Sonia has been party president since 1998 and is the longest serving chief of the Congress.
Rahul was made the Congress vice president in 2013.
Speculations have been in the media for a long time now as to when Rahul would wear the mantle of the party president.
There have been many Congress leaders who say that the time was right for Rahul to take over as Congress president.
However, there have been reports in the media about few senior party leaders who want Sonia to continue in the top post.
On the other hand, some reports also said that the Congress Working Committee was likely to meet on September 08 and may reduce the tenure of the party chief from five to three years.
The decision on elevating Rahul as party president may not be taken in this meeting.
It would be remembered that Rahul had gone for a long sabbatical just before the Budget Session this year.
However, after his return, he has been taking on the Narendra Modi-led government over a host of issues from Land Bill, to Lalit Modi to farmers' suicide.