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Rahul Gandhi to file nomination for top Congress post today

SNS | New Delhi |

The headquarters of the Congress party in the national capital was decked up on Monday morning as party Vice President Rahul Gandhi is all set to file his nomination for the party chief’s post.

According to party officials, the Gandhi scion is likely to reach the party headquarters around 10.30 am and will file his papers at 11.04 am, which is the auspicious time. He will sign sets of nomination papers to be filed before the Returning Officer.

Over 90 sets of nomination papers likely to be filed to support his candidature in the presence party heavyweights including six Chief Ministers — Punjab’s Amarinder Singh, Karnataka’s Siddaramaiah, Himachal Pradesh’s Virbhadra Singh, Puducherry’s V. Narayanasamy, Meghalaya’s Mukul Sangma and Mizoram’s Lal Thanhawla.

Congress state unit chiefs, senior leaders and Pradesh Congress Committee delegates will be present at the party’s central office to express support to Rahul Gandhi ahead of his much-awaited elevation.

The elevation of Rahul Gandhi, who is presently spearheading the Congress campaign ahead of the December 9 and 14 Gujarat assembly polls, has been much talked about in party circles for around two years.

With Rahul Gandhi in all likelihood to be the only candidate in the fray, he could be declared the next Congress chief on December 5 after scrutiny of nominations.

He will succeed his mother Sonia Gandhi, the longest serving Congress chief who has helmed the party since 1998.

Rahul Gandhi became the Congress Vice President in January 2013.