Rahul Gandhi getting ready to become Congress chief again

Wed Sep 08 2021 17:29:03 GMT+0530 (IST)

Clear signals are emanating from the Congress Party that Rahul Gandhi is all  set to take over the reins of the party very soon.Rahul had resigned from the post of the party president in the wake of the massive drubbing the party has received in the 2019 elections. Though he has resigned, Rahul Gandhi was performing all the duties that a party chief performs. Now efforts are afoot to formalise this and anoint him as the party chief.  The Youth Congress, which recently met at Goa, passed a resolution demanding that Rahul be made the party chief again.

Rahul Gandhi joined the Congress in 2004 and was made its general secretary in 2007. Later, he became the party vice president in 2013. In 2017, he became the party president. But his frequent foreign visits at crucial times and his sudden disappearances  have become the talk of the town.  His leadership qualities were questioned and there were doubts about his capabilities.

After the Congress Party's worst ever drubbing, he resigned from the party owning up responsibility for the defeat. Post 2019 elections, the party faced internal dissidence with as many as 23 senior leaders calling for internal democracy and organisational elections. Amid all this, Rahul Gandhi has slowly began consolidating himself by appointing young PCC chiefs in several states such as Kerala, AP, Telangana and Punjab. In Punjab too, he played a key role in patching up the differences between CM Amarinder  Singh and PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Sources say that the efforts to make him the AICC chief began in February 2020. But, the Corona pandemic has put a stop to these plans. Now, there are clear indications that he would become the party president again sooner than later.