CWC backs Rahul Gandhi for presidency, but Sonia Gandhi to remain Congress president

NEW DELHI(PTI): Sonia Gandhi’s tenure as the party president was extended by the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision making body of the party, for a year on Monday. According to reports, the CWC meeting for the first time was chaired by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as his mother skipped the session citing poor health.

While addressing the CWC members, the Gandhi scion described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as being “obsessed with power and for seeking to silence all those who disagree.” Reportedly, Rahul also discussed organisational polls and strategy for the upcoming winter session of Parliament besides party’s preparations for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur.

However, members of the CWC, also pitched for Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as its president. Member after member suggested that heir apparent to Congress president Sonia Gandhi should helm the party.

46-year-old Rahul was appointed party vice-president in January 2013 at Congress’s brainstorming session in Jaipur. The talk about his elevation has been going on for quite some time now.

Sources said the ball was set rolling by senior Congress leader AK Antony, who first spoke about the need for Rahul Gandhi to take over the party leadership. Antony’s suggestion received the backing of all other CWC members attending the meeting, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, sources said. However, it was decided that the organisational election could be extended by a year.

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