The notification for the Congress President poll - which is a mere formality - will be issued on December 1, with voting for the post to take place on December 16 and the counting on December 19. But when Congress was in federal power, he refused any role in government and preferred to stay on the fringes until 2013, when he took over as party vice-president. "Right now, we want to focus only on Rahulji". Rahul has of course increased his interaction with second generation leaders of UPA allies such as Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav.
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury recently called Sonia the "glue" that binds the Congress as well as the opposition. But allies like the NCP and the DMK are known to have better equations with Sonia.
"Rahul has all the qualifications needed to provide a strong and visionary leadership to the Congress", he added.
Sonia Gandhi's comments on corruption are also "laughable", the BJP leader said. "It will always be available to not just Rahul-ji but also Congress men and women", he said. As for his party's interests, Elangovan said that there was not going to be changes in the UPA as it would be headed by Sonia.
Sonia said the Modi government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India's parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds. We can not conceive that her guidance, her able leadership will not be available. "In fact, the Winter Session in 1990 began after Christmas, on 27th December 1990 and lasted till 11th January 1991", he said. It is known that Rahul Gandhi will be the next Congress President. She has also stayed away from the party's election campaign this year.
PAAS leader Hardik Patel even cancelled his rally in Rajkot where he was expected to announce a possible alliance with the Congress. "Exactly a year ago, when the historic demonetisation was implemented, the Congress single-handedly disrupted Parliament and did not allow a debate on the subject, fearing their own corrupt deeds would be further exposed in front of the country", Yadav said.