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Rahul Will Be Elevated Soon, Confirms Sonia Gandhi

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| October 14 , 2017 , 14:20 IST

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday said that her son and deputy Rahul Gandhi will ‘soon’ replace her and take over to the post of the party.

“You (the media) have been asking me about Rahul (taking over Congress) for a long time. It will be done soon,” The Congress President was quoted saying this in response to a question from a journalist speaking on the sidelines of former president Pranab Mukherjee’s book launch in the national capital.

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Rahul Gandhi, however, refused to be drawn into the subject of his takeover as Congress president and deflected questions by referring to a controversy over BJP president Amit Shah's son Jay Shah.Sonia Gandhi’s statement comes at a time when the organizational process to elevate Rahul Gandhi is in a full swing. The timing is significant as it comes at a time when the

Sonia Gandhi’s statement comes at a time when the organizational process to elevate Rahul Gandhi is in a full swing. The timing is significant as it comes at a time when the party is in full gear for assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

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The Congress Working Committee (CWC) had nominated Rahul in November last year to the top post, subject to Sonia’s endorsement.

With the ongoing internal organizational polls, the Central Election Authority (CEA) of the party is set to ready a schedule for the election of the party president which will need the assent of the CWC. Several state units of the party have passed resolutions for nominating Rahul Gandhi to the top post. Senior leaders of the party say that the elevation could happen after Diwali.