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Congress clears decks for Rahul Gandhi's elevation

Congress clears decks for Rahul Gandhi's elevation

Addressing party leaders at the inauguration of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet, Gandhi criticised the Prime Minister for his "audacity" to hold a midnight event at Parliament to launch the "ill-prepared and flawed" Goods and Services Tax (GST), but lacking the courage to face the House. "It seems Sonia Gandhi wanted to pass the leadership mantle to son Rahul Gandhi before yet another impending defeat in Gujarat which would have made it embarrassing for the Congress to reward him after a defeat", he said. Sonia, Jaitley bicker over Parliament session Sonia Gandhi and Arun Jaitley on Monday clashed over the delay in convening the winter session of Parliament with the Congress chief accusing the Modi government of sabotaging it on "flimsy grounds" and the union minister saying Congress had done so too in the past.

With Rahul Gandhi expected to be the only candidate in the fray, the 47-year-old is expected to take over the reins ahead of Gujarat Assembly elections starting December 9. Here are five points from Sonia Gandhi's speech in the CWC meeting that you should know.

Regarding the upcoming Gujarat polls, Gandhi said members of the party are working hard.

In the hour-long CWC meeting, it was decided that the elections to choose the next president will take place on December 16 "if necessary" while the results would be out on December 19. She has always guided the Congress. Those eligible to vote are Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates who have already been elected by their respective state units. Rahul Gandhi became the party's vice president on January 2, 2013.

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Sonia Gandhi, now 70, has been unwell in recent years and scaled down her public appearances because of the same.

"The Modi government, in its arrogance, has cast a dark shadow on India's parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter session of Parliament on flimsy grounds", she told the party's highest decision-making body.

The Congress had earlier set a deadline to complete the organisational elections by October-end.

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