Sonia`s election as Cong chief could be delayed
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 22:30
New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi is set to be elected as Congress president for the third consecutive time soon but a formal announcement may take sometime as Congress Working Committee is yet to finalize the election schedule.

There is no immediate official word from the party on CWC would meet.

The whole exercise generally takes around a fortnight after CWC finalizes the schedule. Sources in the party said there was no "tight schedule" for the election as it depended on the report of the Pradesh Returning Officers of various states and the elections of delegates.

Gandhi has created a record of being the longest-serving party president and has completed over a decade since she took over the top post in 1998 in the wake of the party's dismal showing in the Lok Sabha polls that saw the exit of Sitaram Kesri from the post.

Gandhi has so far been unanimously elected for the post barring once when Jitendra Prasada, a senior leader from Uttar Pradesh, had thrown his hat in the ring but failed miserably in the polls in 2000.


First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 22:30

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