NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took one step forward towards the formal process of being elevated as the Congress President, reports agency.
Returning Officer M Ramachandran after scrutiny of nomination papers have declared that the Gandhi scion is the lone valid candidate left in the fray. Infact he was the only one who had filed nomination for the post on Monday. The formal ratification that the process has gone through without any glitch was confirmed by the Returning Officer.
On Monday, amidst much fanfare, Rahul filed papers at the Congress’s 24 Akbar Road headquarters in New Delhi. The party sought to project the election as democratic to counter the BJP’s charges of dynastic politics. The Congress had missed many deadlines and the Election Commission had asked it to conclude the election process by December 31.
Sonia was the first to nominate her son. She signed the papers at her next door home. As many as 89 nominations were filed, all of them in favour of Rahul, signed by 890 delegates representing 30 state Congress units. Celebrations for Rahul’s coronation have been kept for December 28 to coincide it with the party’s foundation day.
The 47-year-old has been the Congress’s vice-president for almost five years. Sonia has been the party’s longest serving president. She has been leading the Congress for 19 years since 1998.