Congress president election updates: Rahul Gandhi to be elected unopposed but party reiterates poll process transparent, democratic

A host of party heavyweights will be present when Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi files his nomination for the party chief's post at its headquarters in New Delhi on Monday

FP Staff December 04, 2017 16:53:09 IST
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Congress president election updates: Rahul Gandhi to be elected unopposed but party reiterates poll process transparent, democratic

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16:42 (ist)

Congress election authority to scrutinise the nomination papers and publish the list of candidates tomorrow

According to The Indian ExpressCongress election authority chairman Mullappally Ramachandran said that it will scrutinise the nomination papers and publish the list of candidates tomorrow. 

As many as 89 sets of nominations have been filed today for the Congress president elections today. 

14:56 (ist)

How Rahul Gandhi turned from a bumbling political novice into a social media darling

If one must pin-point the exact time when Rahul Gandhi's transformation began — from a bumbling, confused, novice politician who was still learning the ropes and finding himself the butt of all jokes from seasoned Opposition leaders to a witty politician capable of giving it back as good as it came — it must be following his international trip in the summer this year.

In June, to mark his 47th birthday, the Congress scion had gone for an international vacation. At the time, following a series of electoral debacles, and key events like the GST roll-out and the presidential elections coming up shortly, the Congress vice-president's travel was criticised roundly.

However, whatever he did on his international vacation, it has certainly paid off for Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party. He has returned energised; his speeches today have the spark, while he's already becoming a darling of the social media. His elevation to Congress party president, which would have polarised opinions until last year, are even being seen in a positive light today.

13:47 (ist)

'Pidhikaran' of Congress is complete, says BJP

The BJP on Monday played on the words "Pidi" and "peedi" while dismissing the process for generational change in the Congress leadership as "Pidhikaran", a reference to Rahul Gandhi's dog. Neither the old "peedi" nor the new "peedi" matter in the opposition party, BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said, using the Hindi word for generation to take a swipe at the process to elevate Rahul Gandhi from vice president to president of the Congress.

In no organisation is a member promoted for repeatedly failing to perform, he said after the Gandhi scion filed his nomination papers to succeed his mother Sonia Gandhi as Congress president. "Pidhikaran of the Congress is now complete. Neither the old generation (PEEDI), nor the new generation matters. Only Pidhi matters," Rao said. 

12:59 (ist)

Teach Congress a lesson on 9 December, says Modi

"On 9 December, you have to decide the destiny of Gujarat.. The vote is against those who hate Guajrati people, Gujarat state, its name itself. 9 December is the date when you can teach a lesson these people who are defaming Gujarat."

Click here for live updates on Narendra Modi's rally in Gujarat

11:40 (ist)

Comparison with Rajiv Gandhi

Rahul's personal charisma, and ability to strike a chord with the people, urged many to compare him to his father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Just like Rajiv, Rahul's complete disregard for his security, as he mingled with cheering crowds, or when he rode pillion on a motorbike to reach agitating farmers in Bhatta Parsaul, were a reminder of his father's ways of politics. 

11:40 (ist)

Rahul Gandhi: The idealist

Rahul, unlike many other grassroots leaders who later shot to fame, never had to fight for recognition. He was representing the fourth generation of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and was perhaps destined to enter politics, the moment his mother accepted the role of Congress president, reluctantly in 1998.

When he made his electoral debut in 2004 Lok Sabha election, the family's traditional constituency Amethi — which had been represented by Sanjay, Rajiv, and Sonia Gandhi in the past — embraced him warmly. Within the party, his entry in politics was hailed as "Congress' Obama moment", NDTV reported at the time.

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Dec 04, 2017 - 20:07 (IST)

Robert Vadra congratulates Rahul Gandhi

Industrialist and Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law, Robert Vadra took to Facebook to congratulate Rahul as he is set to take over the party's reins. 

Dec 04, 2017 - 17:43 (IST)

 As Congress workers celebrate, monumental challenges lie ahead of Rahul Gandhi

Once Rahul takes over as Congress chief, he’s expected to face a tough challenge from Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, who are known for their connection to the grass roots and drawing up electoral strategies with surgical precision.

On the other hand, he has failed during the Assembly elections, be it allying with the Left in West Bengal or in Uttar Pradesh. Many times, Rahul has been accused of being an absentee politician.

When he takes over, dealing with alliances will be a major challenge. Especially given the fact that the NCP just snapped ties with the Congress in Gujarat. A rift has also emerged between the Patidars and Congress.

The second challenge would be overhauling the party cadre through internal restructuring. Third, Rahul's equations with the old guard of the Congress and how efficiently he deals with them will be watched closely. Fourth, regaining the trust of party workers across the country will be crucial.

Read full article here

Dec 04, 2017 - 17:27 (IST)

A Look at Rahul Gandhi's Inner Coterie

As the country is divided over the way the Congress president election process is being held, News 18 looked at possible Congressmen who could be inducted into his close circle.

  • Ghulam Nabi Azad
  • Sam Pitroda
  • Jyotiraditya Scindia
  • Ahmed Patel
  • Randeep Surjewala
  • Sushmita Dev

Dec 04, 2017 - 16:42 (IST)

Congress election authority to scrutinise the nomination papers and publish the list of candidates tomorrow

According to The Indian ExpressCongress election authority chairman Mullappally Ramachandran said that it will scrutinise the nomination papers and publish the list of candidates tomorrow. 

As many as 89 sets of nominations have been filed today for the Congress president elections today. 

Dec 04, 2017 - 16:24 (IST)

BJP leader Tarun Chugh lampoons Rahul Gandhi on Twitter

Dec 04, 2017 - 16:21 (IST)

The rebranding of Rahul Gandhi

After several years, brand Rahul Gandhi is in demand again. Every morning these days, we wake up to find Gandhi either trending on Twitter or dominating headlines on Google, both considered indicators of popular interest.

 His one-liners are finding traction. Images of his extra-curricular activities are going viral. His election rallies are drawing crowds and applause. And young girls are clicking selfies with him. As the inimitable Richie Benaud would have said, it is all happening here, in our lifetimes.

Gandhi's biggest success – and we are not talking about electoral gains, they are still in the realm of future – has been his ability to 'humanise' himself. Slowly and steadily, he has given us a glimpse of Gandhi as a person, a walking, breathing entity, instead of the abstract concept he once was.

Read the full article tracking Rahul's journey from staple of lampoons to a show-stealer here

Dec 04, 2017 - 16:18 (IST)

Today a black today, an under-performer has been promoted: Shehzad Poonawalla

"It’s a black day as a person who lacks merit and has been a perpetual underperformer has been promoted for every failure of his at the behest of a dynastic system led by his mother," Shehzad Poonawalla told News18. 

Dec 04, 2017 - 16:08 (IST)

Shehzad Poonawalla speaks again, says Rahul Gandhi anointed like a Mughal king

Dec 04, 2017 - 16:05 (IST)

Lutyens' ecosystem around Rahul Gandhi is working overtime to help him succeed in Gujarat

Gujarat Assembly elections will be the first formal litmus test for Rahul Gandhi, within days of him taking over as Congress President. It is interesting to observe and analyse the ecosystem that is working to make Rahul tick. It is as if the constituents around Rahul have realised that their own survival depends on his success.

So, at one level we have Ashok Gehlot chaperoning him on the campaign trail with a smile permanently pasted on his face. Then there is the trusted Estate Manager, or the 10 Janpath equivalent of the Lord Chamberlain as it were, Ahmed Patel, who has been entrusted by the Queen Mother to install the crown Prince on the throne. Operating from the wings is the benign and brainy uncle, Sam Pitroda, who has taken it upon himself to ensure the succession of his departed friend’s lineage.

Read the full article here

Dec 04, 2017 - 15:50 (IST)

Its a transfer of responsibilities and challenges, and Rahul will succeed in it: Sharad Yadav

A host of party heavyweights will be present when Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi files his nomination for the party chief's post at its headquarters in New Delhi on Monday, with over 90 sets of nomination papers likely to be filed to support his candidature.

Six chief ministers — Punjab's Amarinder Singh, Karnataka's Siddaramaiah, Himachal Pradesh's Virbhadra Singh, Puducherry's V Narayanasamy, Meghalaya's Mukul Sangma and Mizoram's Lal Thanhawla — are expected to be present when over 90 sets of nomination papers are likely to be filed by various leaders to extend support to Rahul Gandhi's candidature.

Congress state unit chiefs, senior leaders and Pradesh Congress Committee delegates will be present at the party's central office to express support to Rahul Gandhi ahead of his much-awaited elevation.

The Congress vice president is likely to reach the party headquarters around 10.30 am to file his nomination. He will sign sets of nomination papers to be filed before the Returning Officer.

Congress president election updates Rahul Gandhi to be elected unopposed but party reiterates poll process transparent democratic

File image of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Mullappally Ramachandran, the Returning Officer for the organisational election, told IANS that 90 nomination forms were taken by different states though not one has been submitted so far.

The process of nominations started on Friday. The last date for filing nominations is 4 December.

Reacting to criticism over the election process, Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev told the media: "All I want to say is that it is happening under Election Commission supervision. When we talk about electoral democracy, I wish to say, we conduct (internal) elections while adhering to Election Commission rules. It is being done with full transparency. We have not violated any rules."

She said if someone was raising questions, what was the basis on which they were doing so. "I won't be able to comment about it. Only those who have raised the issue can explain."

On Sunday, many senior Congress leaders, its members of Parliament and PCC chiefs arrived at the party headquarters to sign the papers, including Sachin Pilot, Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Shukla, PC Chacko, Shobha Oza, Hamdulla Sayeed and others.

Apart from states and union territories, senior leaders on the Congress Working Committee (CWC), including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, AK Antony, Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad are likely to submit different sets of nomination papers.

The elevation of Rahul Gandhi, who is presently spearheading the Congress campaign ahead of the 9 and 14 December Gujarat Assembly polls, has been much talked about in party circles for around two years.

With Rahul Gandhi in all likelihood to be the only candidate in the fray, he could be declared the next Congress chief on 5 December after scrutiny of nominations.

He will succeed his mother Sonia Gandhi, the longest serving Congress chief who has helmed the party since 1998.

Rahul Gandhi became the Congress vice president in January 2013.

With inputs from IANS

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