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Rahul Gandhi elevation as Congress president likely to be delayed

New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to be elevated as party president soon.A meeting of Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision-making body, is likely to be held on September 8 to
India TV News Desk September 04, 2015 10:22 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to be elevated as party president soon.

A meeting of Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision-making body, is likely to be held on September 8 to discuss organisational issues and present political situation, party sources said.

Rahul, who was elevated as Congress vice-president in January 2013, was tipped to take over as party president from his mother Sonia Gandhi whose tenure ends in December this year.

The meeting will be held against the backdrop of the ongoing process of organisational elections which will culminate with the election of president.

There had been suggestions from within the party for elevation of party vice president Rahul to the top post while some leaders had suggested that Sonia Gandhi should continue to be the president.

The Congress is making efforts towards its revival after the debacle in the Lok Sabha elections and defeat in subsequent assembly polls with Rahul Gandhi aggressively taking on the Narendra Modi government over the past few months.

Sources said that the working committee is likely to discuss measures to expand party's base.

The meeting comes weeks ahead of crucial assembly elections in Bihar, where the Congress is part of alliance that includes Janata Dal-United and Rashtriya Janata Dal.

The CWC is also expected to take stock of the current political situation, including the Congress stand of boycotting Parliament over Lalitgate and Vyapam issues, its success in forcing the Modi government to drop the land ordinance.