A day after filing his nomination papers for the party chief’s post, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is all set to take over the grand old party on Tuesday, officials said.
With no other candidate in the fray, the Gandhi scion will be declared Congress President unopposed. The last date of filing the nomination was December 4.
The 47-year-old will take over the reins from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who held the top post for 19 years, the longest serving Congress chief who has helmed the party since 1998.
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.
Rahul Gandhi became the Congress Vice President in January 2013.
On Monday, over 90 sets of nomination papers were filed to support Rahul Gandhi’s candidature in the presence of 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 were also present at the party’s central office to express support to Rahul Gandhi ahead of his much-awaited elevation.