Rahul Gandhi Files Nomination For Post Of Congress Party President

| December 4 , 2017 , 12:42 IST

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday officially filed nomination for the post of Congress President at the AICC headquarters in Delhi. 

Considered to be a sure-shot for the post of president of the Congress party, Rahul Gandhi would face an election on December 16 if any other candidate is nominated for the post, else he would become the president unopposed. 

Senior party leaders including Kamal Nath, Sheila Dikshit, Motilal Vora and Tarun Gogoi filed first set of nominations (as proposers) for Rahul Gandhi.

The current president of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul's mother has held the post since 1998, becoming the longest-serving president of the Congress party. 

According to the chairman of the Congress' Central Election Authority Mullapally Ramachandran, while 90 nomination forms have been given out, no other nomination has so far been submitted. 

The Maharashtra Congress Committee Secretary Shehzad Poonawalla recently alleged that the election for party president was rigged and was a 'selection' rather than an election as Rahul Gandhi is the clear favourite for the next President of the party. He added that he would be interested in running for the top post. 

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that Rahul Gandhi's elevation is a good sign for the party.

"It is a good sign for the party and I'm sure he'll do extremely well," said Singh

"He has already performed and for the last few days we have been following him and the way he is drawing crowds in Gujarat," he added.

The upcoming Gujarat state elections, which are taking place in two phases on December 9 and December 14 would serve as a barometer of Rahul Gandhi's popularity and campaigning skills.