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Sonia to continue as Congress president for another year

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) is likely to extend term of party president Sonia Gandhi by a year at its meeting on Tuesday, party sources said.

india Updated: Sep 09, 2015 12:50 IST
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Hindustan Times
Congress Working Committee,Sonia Gandhi,Rahul Gandhi
Congress president Sonia Gandhi (File photo)

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Tuesday extended the term of party president Sonia Gandhi by another year.

The party’s highest decision-making body also extended the date of completion of the organisational elections, which were scheduled to be over by December 31 and will now be completed by the end of next year.

The polls have been delayed as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is keen to hold internal elections across all the rungs of the party.

The party also had to extend its nationwide membership drive four times since it was launched on October 16 last year.

Sonia Gandhi was re-elected as the Congress president for a record fourth time in a row on September 3, 2010. At its December 2010 plenary in Delhi, the party had increased the term of its president from three to five years.

She already holds the record of having served as the Congress president for 17 consecutive years after she took over the reins from Sitaram Kesri in 1998.

The CWC resolution in this regard will be communicated to the election commission which will also be informed of the postponement of organisational elections by one year.

The meeting also discussed some amendments – uniform membership across all the wings of the organisation and reducing the tenure of Congress president from five to three years -- in the party constitution.

First Published: Sep 08, 2015 09:44 IST