Rahul Gandhi is set to take charge of the Congress as its president in a major organisational shake-up the party has planned in the next few weeks. The elevation of the 45-year-old leader will be preceded by a major overhaul with new faces appointed on senior positions.
India Today has learnt that the Congress has finally decided to bite the bullet and given in to demands of bringing in the much-needed change following a series of defeats in national and state elections.
HERE ARE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS:
1.Rahul Gandhi's much talked-about and long-delayed elevation as president of the Congress party will finally happen in the next few weeks, top party sources have told India Today TV.
2.Rahul is currently finalising the list of the new office bearers who will take charge prior to his elevation.
3.The organisational overhaul is likely to be a major one involving changes of general secretaries, secretaries, heads of various departments and even state PCC chiefs.
4.The road map that the party is likely to follow leading up to his elevation is that Rahul will first oversee the organisational shake-up, followed by him taking charge of the party and thereafter a 'chintan shivir' to look into the reasons for its electoral debacles and the way forward.
5.Following a series of defeats at the hustings, there has been a rising chorus in the party for bringing in change and making people more accountable.
6.Senior leaders like Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath have even gone to the extent of demanding a major surgery to remove the deadwood, and to entrust the affairs of the party to younger leaders.
7.Rahul has been functioning as the vice-president of the party for three years now and his elevation has been talked about even in the past.
8.Several senior leaders in the party have been speaking about the difficulty and the confusion that has resulted because of the dual power centers in the party.
9.Leaders close to the Congress vice-president have complained in the past that he is being asked to lead the Congress into battle with one hand tied behind his back.
10."He is held responsible for the party's misfortunes without being given full command of the party," says a prominent leader close to Rahul. "All that we are told is things are likely to change, probably within the next few weeks now," he added.