New Delhi: As Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates across India get involved in the routine to elect Rahul Gandhi as the new party president, the Gandhi family scion is likely to face no contest on his way to the top job.
As a matter of fact, even as the clamour for Rahul taking over the party’s reins gathered strength over the past few years, the Congress vice-president had insisted on fair elections, but with no challenger in sight, his elevation is a foregone conclusion.
As state units of the party pass resolutions proposing Rahul as the national president, the actual elections will be announced by the Election Commission next week.
After that, nominations for the top job will be open, though it is highly unlikely that any party leader will stand up for a contest. In the absence of a contender Rahul is set to be elected unopposed.
This week UP Congress Committee, Mumbai and Rajasthan state units proposed Rahul’s elevation. The state units also authorised the sitting party president and vice president to ‘elect’ the state chief.
A senior party functionary explained, “The same resolution proposing Rahul as the party president is being passed by one state unit after another. But this has no standing because the Election Commission will announce elections to the post by October 15, following which nominations will be open. While it is unlikely that there will be another contender for the post, to be elected unopposed is also an election in its true sense.”