On Monday, the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination for the post of president of Congress, finishing speculation over when the 47-year-old leader will take the complete charge of the Indian National Congress party. The tenure of Sonia Gandhi as the president of the Congress party was the longest one as was appointed in 1998.
Many Congress state leaders have been arriving in the national capital since late last evening to take a part in the party president election. The process of nomination will be completed by 3 pm after which an official announcement is expected to be made on the new party chief.
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11.30 am: The Congress party worker Shehzad Poonawalla expressed his disagreement with the party’s election process, calling it “black day” for the Indian National Congress.
11.25 am: The former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also came at the party headquarters to nominate Rahul Gandhi as party chief. “Rahul Gandhi will carry on the great traditions of the Congress party, the former PM said. The Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh said it’s the time for a young leader to take charge of India’s transforming demographics.
“It’s a positive move. We have a young India and now we have a young president… If you ask me, he will make a fine prime minister,” Singh said.
11.10 am: The Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had brief meetings with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as with former President Pranab Mukherjee before filing the nomination.
11.05 am: It is the final day for nominations. If any other candidate wants to stand against Rahul Gandhi for the post of party chief, then they will have to file nomination by 3 pm this afternoon.
11 am: The process of filing nominations started at 11 am this morning. It is expected that at least 70 nominations to be filed.