Congress president election Live: Amarinder says party 100% in favour of Rahul Gandhi's elevation
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Congress president election Live: Amarinder says party 100% in favour of Rahul Gandhi's elevation

Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination for the Congress president’s post on Monday, the last day of filing the papers to contest the elections for the top job in the grand-old party. Here are the live updates.
Dec 04, 2017 17:58 IST
By HT Correspondent
Dec 04, 2017 05:58 PM IST

Amarinder Singh rejects charges of 'parivarvad’

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh rejected charges of 'parivarvad’ behind Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as Congress president. 

He said the party was 100% in favour of Gandhi's elevation.

Dec 04, 2017 05:52 PM IST

Nitish Kumar says nothing new

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar took a dig at Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as the party president, saying that the top post in Congress was always reserved for one family. 

“Congress keeps the leadership position reserved. It is a tradition. There is nothing new to it,” Kumar said.

"Though it is their internal matter, it remains to be seen how he takes the party forward,” the JD(U) chief said. 

Dec 04, 2017 05:15 PM IST

Congratulations pour for in Rahul Gandhi

Shashi Tharoor extended congratulations to Rahul Gandhi.

Congress leader RPN Singh said under Rahul Gandhi's command the party will go forward.

Sharad Yadav said Rahul Gandhi will be successful in fulfilling the responsbility and challenges. 

Dec 04, 2017 03:33 PM IST

Congress holds press meet

The Congress election committee chairman addressed the media on Monday afternoon. The party said if there are nominations other than that of Rahul Gandhi, an election will be conducted. Otherwise, the party vice president will be elevated to the post of the president, which is held by his mother Sonia Gandhi. 

The opposition party stressed its selection process was transparent. In the face of criticism over the election process, the party also questioned PM Narendra Modi about the selection process of the BJP president. 

 

Dec 04, 2017 03:31 PM IST

Sonia Gandhi signs first nomination paper

Congress president Sonia Gandhi signed on Monday as the first proposer on the first nomination paper submitted for the election of her son and party vice President Rahul Gandhi to the post of party chief.

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said Sonia Gandhi's signatures were at the top of the first nomination form submitted to the returning officer Mullappally Ramachandran in the election being held at the party's central office to elect the party's next chief.

"She (Sonia Gandhi) has signed. Her signatures are the first on the first proposal (nomination form) submitted for Rahul Gandhi," Gehlot told Aaj Tak news channel.

Dec 04, 2017 02:26 PM IST

A good sign, says Farooq

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said: "This is a good sign that the young brigade is stepping forward. I hope he takes India to great heights where everyone lives with harmony. The post of PM lies in distant future, for now he must work hard to unite India and bring everyone together."

Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma said: "Best wishes to @OfficeOfRG as he files nomination papers for the election of @INCIndia Presidentship."

Congratulating the incumbent vice president, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu said: "Rahul bhai is special, Congress is the trust of the country."  

 

Dec 04, 2017 01:33 PM IST

Criticism follows

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "I congratulate the Congress on their 'Aurangzeb Raj.' For us, the well-being of the people matters and 125 crore Indians are our high command."

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said: "Congress has become a burden on this nation. Now it would be good if after Rahulji's elevation this burden is removed once and for all." 

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan said: "He (Rahul Gandhi) is the owner of the party. His elevation and nomination are their personal matter. They are forced to make this arrangement (election) because of the regulations of EC. However, no democracy is left inside such a big party."

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said in defence: "...during Mughal rule it was understood that after Jehangir, Shahjahan will be the leader. But here anyone is free to contest against Rahul Gandhi, it's a totally democratic process."

Dec 04, 2017 01:09 PM IST

More praises

Congress leader Raj Babbar congratulated Rahul Gandhi. "Your Honesty & Simplicity as a leader has always inspired us. Under your leadership, we are sure our party will be a bigger vehicle of change & well-being for the people of India," he said in a message retweeted by the Congress.

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said: "As @OfficeOfRG files his nomination to take over the Grand Old Party of India I wish him all the very best going ahead. Expectations are high, challenges are numerous & I pray for his success."

Dec 04, 2017 11:50 AM IST

Tweets galore

 

Dec 04, 2017 11:45 AM IST

Poonawalla ups ante

Shehzad Poonawalla, a Congress leader from Maharashtra who has vowed to continue his fight against “dynasty politics”, said: "My sources tell me that a dummy candidate will be fielded so that it appears like an election...But now you can't fool people."

In the run-up to the election that is expected to elevate Gandhi to the party’s top post, Poonawalla has kicked up a storm by raising questions over the process. He has alleged that party spokesperson Manish Tewari had told him that the Congress was a “proprietorship” like every other political party in India.

Dec 04, 2017 11:30 AM IST

Manmohan praises Rahul

Former PM Manmohan Singh says Rahul Gandhi is a darling of the Congress and he will carry forward the great traditions of the party, reports news agency ANI.

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah meets Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at the AICC headquarters.

 

Dec 04, 2017 10:56 AM IST

Rahul files nomination

Rahul Gandhi met Dr Manmohan Sing at the former PM's residence ahead of the filing of nomination on Monday morning. He then reached the AICC headquarters, where workers and leaders waited for him with flower bouquets. Accompanied by Singh, the Congress leader then filed nomination for the paty president's post.

 

Dec 04, 2017 10:51 AM IST

Leaders react

Congress leader Karan Singh tells ANI: "Soniaji took Congress to new heights. We won many elections under her leadership and now it is time for Rahul Gandhi to take the party forward."

Kamal Nath says: "Do BJP presidents get elected? Did Nitin Gadkari get elected through a ballot process? Let them answer that first."

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh says: "If you ask me, I think he will make a very good Prime Minister."

 

Dec 04, 2017 10:49 AM IST

Mere formality?

The 47-year-old’s election to the post is a mere formality as nobody else from the party has filed their nominations yet. All top leaders, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, are expected to propose his name for the post. About 50-55 sets of nomination papers from all states are expected to be filed on his behalf.

As per the Congress constitution, it is not necessary for Rahul to personally file the nominations. Ten Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates are required to seek his consent on the nomination papers.Rahul’s nomination papers will then be submitted before the Central Election Authority (CEA), a party panel that is overseeing the organisational polls.

Dec 04, 2017 10:49 AM IST

Election schedule

While the notification for the elections was issued on Friday, nominations were to be filed till Monday, with the last date of withdrawal being December 11. Polling, if necessary, will be held on December 16, while counting of votes will be taken up on December 19. Though the formal results will be declared on December 11, the outcome will be known on the day of scrutiny of papers on December 5 itself if no other nomination is filed. Rahul will be handed over a certificate on December 11, the day a function has been planned at the Congress headquarters in Delhi.
 

Dec 04, 2017 10:49 AM IST

Fresh start

This will mark the end of the organisational polls in the Congress, which had to complete the entire process by December 31 as per the deadline set by the Election Commission. The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body, is also expected to be reconstituted soon.

According to the Congress constitution, the president enjoys a three-year term starting from his/her appointment during the session. During the interim period of election and formal appointment at the plenary, the person acts as the president-elect.

Rahul’s election will herald a new era in the 132-year-old party and bring down the curtains on the long tenure of Sonia Gandhi. He will be the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to occupy the post. The 70-year-old Sonia holds the record of being the Congress chief for more than 19 consecutive years after taking over from Sitaram Kesri in March 1998.

During her entire tenure, Sonia had to face contest only once. She defeated Jitendra Prasada, who had served as political advisor to former prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi and PV Narasimha Rao, in a one-sided contest on November 9, 2000.

The last organisational elections in the Congress were held in 2010 when Sonia was elected party president for the fourth term.

Dec 04, 2017 10:41 AM IST