If there won't be any other leader to contest against Rahul Gandhi in party presidential polls, his elevation will be made official on December 5, the day of scrutiny, as per the latest media reports coming in. "The government is mistaken if it thinks that by locking the temple of democracy it will escape constitutional accountability ahead of the assembly elections", said Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi expected to be announced as the Congress President today before the Gujarat election.
Political scientist Sudha Pai told The Hindu that Mr. Gandhi should try to formulate alternative ideas to create a future vision for the party, rather than reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's politics and making it a Modi-vs-Rahul battle.
The election will be notified on December 1, and the last date for filing nominations is December 4. Read Also: Rahul Gandhi at helm will lure Gujarat votes: Congress Rahul Gandhi was appointed Congress vice president in 2013 and speculation about his elevation has been rife for quite some time, particularly after Sonia began keeping indifferent health.
The Congress had earlier set a deadline to complete the organisational elections by October-end.
She further said that the Centre was "ill prepared" to implement Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation which left millions of people suffering. Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to face any challenge.
At a press conference yesterday, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala noted that Mrs Gandhi, who successfully led the party to two consecutive general election wins, would continue to guide Congress even after the elections.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel, senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and former union minister Anand Sharma will also be part of Congress' massive campaigning to canvass support for the party. "This vilification is blatant and for all to see", she said.
"Modi government in arrogance has cast dark shadow on India's Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging Winter Session on flimsy grounds", she said.