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Congress presidential elections LIVE: Rahul Gandhi elected unopposed, will take charge on Dec 16

The Congress presidential election ended on Monday with Rahul Gandhi being elected unopposed to the top post. He will be the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to occupy the top post in the 131-year-old party. Here are the live updates:

india Updated: Dec 11, 2017 17:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during an election campaign meeting ahead of the second phase of Gujarat polls, in Dakor.(Reuters Photo)

Rahul Gandhi will officially be declared Congress president on Monday, the last day of withdrawal of nomination papers for the top post in the grand old party.

He takes over the reins from his mother Sonia Gandhi who remained at the party’s helm for 19 consecutive years since 1998.

Rahul had filed his nominations papers on December 4.

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•Rahul’s daunting task will be to revive and rebuild the Congress to make it fighting fit for the 2019 elections.

•Rahul, who was anointed as the Congress vice president in January 2013, will be the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to occupy the top post in the 131-year-old party.

•As many as 89 sets of nomination papers for Rahul with proposers, including Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other Congress Working Committee members, had been received by the party’s election authority.

•Rahul Gandhi’s elevation marks a generational shift in the grand old party that is going through a difficult phase due to a series of electoral setbacks.

First Published: Dec 11, 2017 09:07 IST