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Sonia Gandhi likely to be chief patron of Congress

21 November 2017, 12:37 | Maryann Sutton

CWC meet today to clear decks for Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party chief

Sonia Gandhi has accused the Narendra Modi-government of 'sabotaging' the Winter Session of Parliament on 'flimsy grounds'

Taking a swipe at the imminent elevation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president, the BJP said the opposition party had turned into a private limited company which no one from outside the Nehru-Gandhi family could lead.

After months of speculation, the stage is now set for Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to take over as the party president from his mother Sonia Gandhi who has held the post for almost two decades. With the timeline for internal elections approved and with state units of the party having already passed resolutions endorsing Rahul's promotion, it is expected to be a mere formality. She has always guided the Congress party.

If there won't be any other leader to contest against Rahul Gandhi in party presidential polls, his elevation will be made official on December 5, the day of scrutiny, as per the latest media reports coming in. And the counting will be held on 19th December 2017 after the counting of Gujarat Assembly polls.

Mullapally Ramachandran, the chairman of the Congress' central election authority, said after the meeting of the CWC.

Priti Patel held undisclosed meetings in Israel
Downing Street officials are already furious with Ms Patel, who has also admitted misleading journalists about the Israel trip. May yesterday summoned Patel to No 10 to "remind her of the obligations which exist under the ministerial code".

She said that Parliament is the forum in which questions should be asked - questions about corruption in high places, conflict of interest of serving Ministers and dubious defence deals. "(Congress) did so in 2011, and even before that", the senior BJP leader said, adding, "Parliament session will be held for sure and on all subjects, and the Congress will be totally exposed".

Unemployment, rising inflation, falling exports and GST are causing tremendous suffering to millions of people.

Rahul's popularity in the poll bound state where he is repeatedly raking up the twin evils of demonetisation and GST has hit the right chord with the voters which has anxious BJP's top strategists. A year later, demonetisation has done nothing but rub salt on the wounds of distressed farmers, small traders, housewives and daily workers. "The fortunes of a handful are being built by destroying the future of the poor and the oppressed". "This vilification is blatant and for all to see. Right now, we want to focus only on Rahulji".

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