Rahul Gandhi Asks CPI(M) To Make Its Stand On BJP Clear

Rahul Gandhi Asks CPI(M) To Make Its Stand On BJP Clear

Referring to the change of guard in the Congress, he said: "Unfortunately, we don't have a women president anymore".

The Gandhi scion would be handed over the certificate appointing him as the party president in the presence of Sonia Gandhi and other senior leaders.

She herself has been at the helm of the party for the past 20 years, which lost the 2014 general elections to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi today asked the CPI (M) to make its stand clear on its fight against BJP and "fascist forces" in the country. Television broadcast images of party supporters celebrating and distributing candies outside Congress offices in the capital, New Delhi, and the financial hub of Mumbai. At least, there will have to be women Chief Ministers in states....

But, while expectations are high, Rahul Gandhi will need to fill the shoes of his mother. "He knows his responsibility".

Confirming the elevation, Congress' Central Election Authority Chairman Mullapally Ramchandran said the committee had received 89 nomination papers, all proposing the name of Rahul for the coveted post.

Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swiftly dismissed Gandhi's election, saying he had become president only on the basis of "dynastic principle".

'My job is to retire, ' the 71-year-old reportedly told media persons on the Day 1 of the Winter Session of Parliament.

Sonia Gandhi, the widow of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has been of late being unwell and was hospitalised a number of times in the past three years.

The leaders of the Congress party blamed the BJP of releasing fake news and giving wrong statements about Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Almost nine of 10 Indians have a favourable opinion of him and more than two-thirds are satisfied with the direction in which he is taking the country, a Pew survey found in November.