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Congress presidential election updates: Rahul becomes president-elect; party workers celebrate

Rahul Gandhi on Monday is expected to be elected as the president of the Congress party.

FP Staff December 11, 2017 16:24:52 IST
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Congress presidential election updates: Rahul becomes president-elect; party workers celebrate

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16:36 (ist)

A look back at previous heads of India's grand old party

Of the 15 people who led the 132-year-old Congress party post-Independence, four belonged to the Gandhi-Nehru family. When Rahul Gandhi takes over as the president, he will be the fifth.

The Nehru-Gandhi clan was at the helm of affairs of the party after independence for 38 years: Nehru for three years, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi for eight years each, and Sonia Gandhi for a record 19 years.

Long before Independence, his great-great grandfather, Motilal, headed the party, the first from the family to do so.

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Dec 11, 2017 - 17:57 (IST)

TTV Dhinakaran congratulates Rahul

TTV Dhinakaran greeted Rahul Gandhi for his elevation as Congress President and wished him a 'sterling' tenure.

Dec 11, 2017 - 16:57 (IST)

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Dec 11, 2017 - 16:47 (IST)

Since Independence, Gandhi family has held the reins of the Congress party for 36 years

Dec 11, 2017 - 16:36 (IST)

A look back at previous heads of India's grand old party

Of the 15 people who led the 132-year-old Congress party post-Independence, four belonged to the Gandhi-Nehru family. When Rahul Gandhi takes over as the president, he will be the fifth.

The Nehru-Gandhi clan was at the helm of affairs of the party after independence for 38 years: Nehru for three years, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi for eight years each, and Sonia Gandhi for a record 19 years.

Long before Independence, his great-great grandfather, Motilal, headed the party, the first from the family to do so.

Dec 11, 2017 - 16:33 (IST)

Sonia Gandhi to continue to play an effective role in Congress: M Veerappa Moily

The outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi will continue to play an effective role and guide the destiny of the party, senior party leader M Veerappa Moily had said.

"She will continue to play an effective role even though she is not (Congress) president."

Dec 11, 2017 - 16:23 (IST)

Congress national spokesperson calls the announcement a 'joyous' moment

Dec 11, 2017 - 16:21 (IST)

Tarun Gogoi responds to formal announcement of Rahul's elevation
 

Dec 11, 2017 - 16:16 (IST)

As Congress president, Rahul Gandhi's challenge will be to win Hindu hearts without becoming poor Hindutva copy

The principal tasks before Rahul Gandhi as Congress president will be to evolve strategies for countering Hindu nationalism without alienating the Hindus and ensuring Other Backward Classes (OBC) politics doesn't stump the party. These two tasks dwarf the challenges most media commentators have identified for Rahul — those of forging alliances with regional players and building the party organisation.

Read Ajaz Ashraf's opinion piece here

Dec 11, 2017 - 16:14 (IST)

Mumbai Congress workers celebrate at office

Dec 11, 2017 - 16:05 (IST)

In Pictures: Celebrations at Congress office in Dehradun

Rahul Gandhi on Monday is expected to be elected as the president of the Congress party, succeeding his mother Sonia Gandhi. Monday was the last date of withdrawal of nomination in the party’s organisational elections.

Congress presidential election updates Rahul becomes presidentelect party workers celebrate

File image of Rahul Gandhi. Reuters

He will however, officially take charge only on 16 December marking a generational shift in the grand old party when his mother and its longest-serving president Sonia Gandhi would formally hand over the baton to him.

He has become the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to take charge of the Grand Old Party of India.

Senior party leader M Veerappa Moily said outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi will continue to play an effective role and guide the destiny of the party.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) had cleared the decks for Rahul's elevation in a meeting chaired by Sonia and attended by top party leaders, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, and party general secretaries.

The 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family will face monumental challenges as Congress president. As Debobrat Ghose wrote for Firstpost, "Rahul as Congress vice-president 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."

Another challenge would be overhauling the party cadre through internal restructuring, he wrote.

The Congress party will also have to mount a strident campaign for state elections in 2018 to begin gathering a momentum that can put it in a better position for the general elections in 2019 Hindustan Times reported.

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