Addressing media following a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet, Gandhi accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government of "sabotaging" the Winter Session of Parliament in an attempt to "escape" constitutional accountability ahead of the Gujarat elections in December. However, current party president Sonia Gandhi made a decision to get the approval of Congress Working Committee. In the meeting, held at Sonia Gandhi's residence, the committee passed a resolution and decided the date to be 19th December.
The Congress on Sunday released its first list of 77 candidates for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections. Here, the meeting was chaired by the party chief Sonia Gandhi to discuss over the name of the new party president.
Previously, Rahul Gandhi had presided over a convention Jan Vedna Sammelan held in the national capital in January, to reflect on the sufferings of the people in the wake of demonetisation while Sonia Gandhi was absent due to health reasons.
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The party had delayed the announcement of Rahul's elevation time and again amid reported tussle between the old guard and the young brigade.
The Congress party constitution allows the CWC, with around 2,000 members drawn from various states across the country, to appoint the party president.
Hitting back at Gandhi, Jaitley also said that rescheduling of Parliament sessions has happened several times before during election time. So, it's expected that Rahul will be the next party president on 1st December.
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The Congress had earlier set a deadline to complete the organisational elections by October-end.
Yet Mr Gandhi faces many challenges in reviving Congress as it has been struggling since a massive defeat in the 2014 General Election and Mr Modi continues to be popular. But when Congress was in federal power, he refused any role in government and preferred to stay on the fringes until 2013, when he took over as party vice-president.
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.
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She said the government was sabotaging the session on "flimsy grounds". "We enjoy good equation with her", he said.