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21 November 2017, 12:38 | Lorenzo Hawkins
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is the favourite to win the party president election
However, if someone emerges as a contestant for the party president post, then the Congress party will hold an election on December 15 and the results will be declared on December 19.
According to the party, the election will be notified on December 1, and the last date for filing nominations is December 4. The party would formally announce the result on December 19.
Mr Gandhi's immediate challenge is the polls in Mr Modi's home state of Gujarat, which takes place in two phases on Dec 9 and 14. Though the NCP contesting on all seats is not very encouraging for the Congress considering it will split the anti-BJP votes, the grand old party doesn't seem too concerned. "Rahul Gandhi can take up an idea, like health care or the need for better education.and give it a broader meaning", Prof. "I am absolutely ready to do that", he said, responding a question.
In 2008, there was a break during the parliamentary session due to the state elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, he said.
Rahul Gandhi was appointed as the party's Vice-President on January 19, 2013. After the meeting, the CWC also condoled the death of its veteran leader and former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. The BJP, however, took a swipe at the development. This has provided an opportunity for the party to interact with lakhs of workers across the country, starting from the booth level. Or is the post reserved only for the family?
Congress leaders indicated that Sonia is unlikely to seek re-election from Rae Bareli in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
"Sonia Gandhi is our leader and mentor". However, the incumbent Congress president is unwell and it's time she passed on the leadership baton. She has always guided the Congress.
Sonia Gandhi, now 70, has been unwell in recent years and scaled down her public appearances because of the same.
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But the medical bench isn't quite as jam-packed as it could be as Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen should be fit. He added, "Two years ago when we finished above them we were disappointed because we didn't win the title".