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Roadmap for Rahul's elevation announced

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and other party leaders at the Congress Working Committee meeting in New Delhi on Monday. Picture by Prem Singh

New Delhi, Nov. 20 (Agencies): The Congress Working Committee, the party’s highest decision making body, on Monday approved the schedule for election of the next party president, paving the way for the elevation of Rahul Gandhi.

Party sources said the process of the election will start on December 1 with the issuing of the notification.

Rahul, 47, is expected to take over the reins in the first week of December, ahead of Gujarat Assembly elections starting December 9, the sources said.

The meeting was chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul’s mother, and attended by top party leaders, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, and party general secretaries.

Rahul is expected to be the only candidate in the fray, the sources said.

The party's organisational election has to be completed before December 31.

The Election Commission has given the party the last extension for completing the internal elections by the end of this year.

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