Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Rahul Gandhi to be the next Congress President confirms Sonia Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi to be the next Congress President confirms Sonia Gandhi

Trying to corner Mr Gandhi on the development plank, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Congress did everything when it was in power at the Centre to ensure that the Sardar Sarovar project was not completed.

Rahul, however, refused to comment on his elevation as the party president, NDTV reported.

The Goa Pradesh Congress Committee's (GPCC) new President would be nominated only after Rahul Gandhi takes over the reins of the Indian National Congress (INC) which is likely after the upcoming Diwali festival. Sonia attended the release of former President Pranab Mukherjee's book The Coalition Years along with son Rahul on Friday. With Assembly elections round the corner, he is wooing voters in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

He also attacked the Gandhi scion over his recent visits to temples in Gujarat saying, "I am getting curious as Rahul Gandhi is visiting temples and paying obeisance to gods with sincerity".

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The firebrand UP Chief Minister also praised Gujarat and its development story under Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister. "The Congress will come back in both the states", he said. "He (Rahul Gandhi) will be the president". He has been the party vice president since 2013.

On Tuesday, party leader Sachin Pilot referred to a unanimous proposal being passed on Rahul's election as the Congress president at an internal party meeting. "But, the then leadership of Congress didn't pay heed to Gandhi's advice".

He said that there is pan India perception that wherever Rahul Gandhi goes for campaigning then Congress' defeat is guaranteed. In his interactions with them, he stressed on the fact that a Congress government in the state would listen to the criticism by people and would not indulge in its own "Mann ki Baat". The 14th legislative assembly election in Gujarat is to be held by the end of 2017 as the term of 13th assembly ends on January 22, 2018.

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