Sonia slams PM Modi for 'erasing contributions' of Nehru, Indira

Rahul Gandhi's long-expected wait to lead the Congress is likely to end soon, as the Congress Working Committee, on Monday, held a meeting at Congress President Sonia Gandhi's residence to formally initiate the process for the election of party chief.

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 last date to withdraw nomination is December 11, while voting, if only required, will take place on December 19.

With less than 2 years for the next national election, India is wondering whether Rahul will save or sink the Congress and will the Gandhi scion rescue or ruin Congress' legacy.

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However, if someone emerges as a contestant for the party president post, then the Congress party will hold an election on December 15 and the results will be declared on December 19. The process will start on December 1 when candidates will file nomination for the election. "Rahul Gandhi can take up an idea, like health care or the need for better education.and give it a broader meaning", Prof. Rahul's reluctance to lead the party from the front was also seen as a reason for the delay in his coronation. Is Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi's son the right candidate for the Congress to pit against the charismatic Narendra Modi?

Reportedly, an internal assessment by the party had earlier shown that his elevation would benefit the Congress in Gujarat assembly polls. She has always guided the Congress party.

In these circumstances, if the Congress manages to topple BJP's apple-cart in Gujarat, it would be a huge boost for the grand old party and Rahul will most likely be credited for such a turnaround.

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PAAS leader Hardik Patel even cancelled his rally in Rajkot where he was expected to announce a possible alliance with the Congress.

Randeep Singh Surjewala and Jyotiraditya Scindia are also on the list. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party general secretaries also attended the CWC meeting. "We enjoy good equation with her", he said.

Sonia said the Modi government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India's parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds.

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