Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as Sonia Gandhi’s successor is effectively complete

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Although the Congress party has not made any official announcement, the party’s vice president, Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as the new president is a mere formality. This was after all 89 nominations filed on Monday were in favour of Rahul making him emerge as the sole and unopposed claimant to the post.

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The party’s returning officer for the election, Mullappally Ramachandran, said that he was the only validly nominated candidate after the scrutiny of 89 nominations filed on his behalf by several party leaders yesterday.

“There is now only one validly nominated candidate, that is Shri Rahul Gandhi,” returning officer Mullappally Ramachandran said.

While former prime minister Manmohan Singh yesterday described him as the “darling of the Congress”, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said he would make a “good future prime minister”.

Ramachandran, who is also the chairman of the party’s Central Election Authority which is conducting the internal polls, said a total of 89 nomination papers were received, all proposing Rahul Gandhi’s name.

All the nominations were found to be valid after the scrutiny on Tuesday, reported PTI.

The last date for withdrawal of nominations is 11 December, when the returning officer will declare him elected as the new Congress president. However, some top sources in the party said that the announcement of Rahul’s elevation may take place even before as the scrutiny of nomination papers were ‘now complete.’