Congress to select Rahul’s successor next week

The uncertainty prevailed in Congress over leadership since more than two months, following the resignation of Rahul Gandhi as its president on May 25, at Congress Working committee meeting, is likely to be resolved by next week. The party seems to be getting ready to select his replacement over next week.

According to Congress general secretary – organisation, K.C. Venugopal , the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will be convened immediately after Parliament session ends on 7 August, and it will choose an interim president.

This came after the Congress’ general secretary in-charge of Jharkhand, R.P.N. Singh, said the issue had become urgent, pointing out that crucial assembly elections are around the corner in a number of states. Singh’s comment found echo in the party’s Haryana in-charge, Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Jharkhand and Haryana are both set to go to polls in October, along with Maharashtra. The Congress has been in a limbo since Gandhi publicly announced his decision to step down as Congress president. He has, however, been authorising the appointment of new state Congress chiefs, till such time as the CWC chooses a successor.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the general secretary in-charge of UP (East), whose name has been proposed by many leaders as the perfect successor to her brother, has yesterday pleaded not to bring her into the scene in this regard. It may be recalled that Rahul Gandhi made it clear that someone from out-side Gandhi family should be his successor.

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