Sonia Gandhi may step down as Congress President by Oct. 15

New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi may step down from the Congress president-ship, paving the way for Rahul Gandhi’s possible elevation when the party holds its internal elections by October 15.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body, on June 6 approved the schedule for internal elections under which the party has to complete the exercise by October 15.
In her speech at the CWC meeting, Sonia Gandhi exhorted party men to strengthen the organization and complete the organizational polls with “speed and sincerity”.
“We must strengthen our organization. The ongoing organizational elections must be completed with the utmost speed and sincerity,” she said at the meeting, ahead of the CWC approving the poll schedule.
Asked whether the issue of elevation of Rahul Gandhi was discussed at the meeting, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad replied in the negative.
The Congress President has created a record by being at the helm of the 130-year-old organization for nearly two decades since late Sitaram Kesri’s ouster by the CWC in early 1998.
Rahul was appointed party vice president in January 2013 at Congress’s brainstorming session in Jaipur.

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