A New Era Begins: Rahul Gandhi Declared Congress President Today

| December 11 , 2017 , 15:52 IST

The Vice President of the Congress Party since January 2013, Rahul Gandhi on Monday was officially announced as the new President of the Congress party, taking over the post from his mother Sonia Gandhi who will continue to head the Congress Parliamentary Party.

Monday marks the last date for withdrawal of candidature for the post of Congress president and the publication of the final list of contesting candidate. Rahul received 89 valid nominations and no other candidate came to the fore and so Rahul Gandhi became the president unopposed.

Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla, expressing interest to run for the post of Congress president, had earlier alleged the internal presidential election to be a sham, terming it a 'selection' rather than election, since Rahul Gandhi was the clear favourite to win.

Earlier on November 20, the Congress Working Committee, attended by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior party leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge and Ahmed Patel, had passed a resolution to make Rahul the party president.

Rahul Gandhi is the 6th Nehru-Gandhi scion to lead the party, after his great-great-grandfather Motilal Nehru, great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, grandmother Indira Gandhi and father Rajiv Gandhi. The current president, Sonia Gandhi, is the longest-serving Congress chief having taken up the role in 1998.

As the Gujarat state assembly elections approach, Rahul Gandhi has been conducting aggressive campaigning in the state, in an attempt to return to power after a gap of 22 years.