In remarks that could escalate crisis in the Congress, Kerala PCC Vice President V D Satheesan, a Rahul Gandhi loyalist, Thursday came down heavily on a section of senior party leaders, accusing them of playing behind the scenes to tarnish the image of the Congress Vice President.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is on a leave of absence from Parliament to focus on party work following its wipeout in the Delhi polls, will be back in action early next week, said former Union Minister Kamal Nath here.
In a major reshuffle ahead of possible elevation of Rahul Gandhi as party president at the AICC session next month, Congress on Monday appointed five new PCC chiefs and one regional Congress Committee President.
Faced with sliding electoral fortune since the Lok Sabha poll debacle, Congress is likely to make leadership changes in a number of states, which will also lead to a shake-up in the AICC, where some young general secretaries could be appointed.
In a move that can boost the morale of dejected Congress' cadre, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, might be appointed as the party's general secretary on Monday, reports claimed on Sunday.
In the midst of an intense debate over Rahul Gandhi's future role in Congress, a new book says the young leader took "too long to emerge" and describes his 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign as "the worst" in living memory.
A local lawyer on Saturday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court seeking to know the whereabouts of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who has taken a sabbatical.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday said it would have been good if Rahul Gandhi had attended the Budget Session but expressed confidence that the Congress Vice President would return from his break with an agenda for change.