Sonia: 'Arrogant' govt has cast dark shadow on Parliamentary democracy

Ashley Carr
November 21, 2017

A crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee at Sonia Gandhi's 10, Janpath residence to decide on the dates for the party's organisational polls is set to pave way for the much-anticipated elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the Congress president, four years after his appointment as vice-president.

The BJP on Monday hit back at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for her criticism of the government over likely curtailment of Parliament's Winter Session, saying her charge was a "lie" and would rank among the "greatest hypocrisies" in recent times.

In the hour-long CWC meeting, it was decided that the elections to choose the next president will take place on December 16 "if necessary" while the results would be out on December 19.

BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav said in a statement that the Congress president was resorting to "diversionary tactics" fearing defeat in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls.

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Rahul, however, is expected to be the only candidate and the first challenge before the Congress scion will be the upcoming Gujarat elections. Rahul Gandhi became the party's vice president on January 2, 2013.

Ms. Gandhi has held the position for a record 19 years. As there is no other candidate for the Party President nominations. As per this, Rahul Gandhi will be the new face of Indian National Congress. The nomination for the election will be filed from December 1 to December 4. "Rahul Gandhi can take up an idea, like health care or the need for better education.and give it a broader meaning", Prof.

Rahul made his electoral debut in 2004 Lok Sabha election from Amethi, the family's traditional constituency earlier represented by his uncle Sanjay Gandhi, his father Rajiv, and mother Sonia. "(Congress) did so in 2011, and even before that", he told reporters in Rajkot. There are a few ways the Congress can go forward now.

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. "The Modi-government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India' Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the winter session of Parliament on flimsy grounds", Gandhi said at the CWC meeting. We can not conceive that her guidance, her able leadership will not be available.

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