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India's Rahul Gandhi appointed president of Congress party

India's Rahul Gandhi appointed president of Congress party

Modi's depiction of Gandhi as an undeserving "prince" has helped sideline Gandhi since the last national election, during which time Congress has suffered some of its worst results in local elections.

With Rahul Gandhi's elevation as Congress president on December 16, the post of vice-president in the party will once again fall vacant.Both Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi, from whom he takes over as Congress president, have made records of sorts.

Rahul has succeeded his mother Sonia Gandhi, who held the post for almost two decades.

The Congress president would find it increasingly hard to lift that morale ahead of the 2018 assembly elections and also the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Rahul was elevated to the post of party president on Monday.

Before Rahul, Jitendra Prasada was Congress vice-president for barely a year from June 1997 to April 1998.

In a long-awaited move, Gandhi, the great-grandson of India's founding prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was elected unopposed to head the party. Kamalapati Tripathi was appointed as working president in 1983 when Indira Gandhi was the prime minister.

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The Congress also issued clarification on Twitter.

Addressing the All India Mahila Congress-organised "I am Courage" event, he said that the Congress would build pressure on the ruling party for an early passage of the Women's Reservation Bill or the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill in Parliament.

The only state to have gone in the Congress' kitty during this period was Punjab.

Gandhi, until now a vice-president of Congress, is widely seen as a prime ministerial candidate if the party returns to power one day. If the party's campaign in Gujarat (though not in Himachal Pradesh) is any indication, the 132-year-old party has regained its balance.

Gandhi also lauded the Congress general secretary and secretaries in Gujarat, who launched a vigorous campaign in the state and connected very well with the workers and the people of the state, and said their act needs to be replicated in other states too.

Even in the Congress, neither of the two chief ministers, Amrinder Singh and Siddaramaiah, has it in them to be the leader of an anti-BJP alliance at the national level.

State Congress workers Tuesday observed "Vijay Diwas" at state Congress headquarters in Kolkata to celebrate Rahul Gandhi's accession to the post of Congress president. Effectively, Parliament will start functioning on December 18.


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