Rahul Gandhi on Monday filed the nomination for Congress president at AICC HQ. Rahul was accompanied by a host of senior leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mohsina Kidwai, Sheila Dikshit and others.
While the sham of a poll within the Congress indicates that Rahul will be running unopposed for the post of party President, the speculations can only be confirmed on Tuesday when the names of contenders are published after scrutiny of nominations.
The Congress vice-president will be following the footsteps of his mother who has been holding the post for almost two decades. Furthermore, the elevation comes amid increasing drama as the Opposition has voiced their lack of confidence in Rahul's ability to hold them together, the way his mother did. Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury recently said that Gandhi scion cannot replace his mother, Sonia who was "the glue" that held the Opposition together. Earlier on Sunday, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh signed nomination papers proposing Rahul Gandhi’s name for the post and added that his elevation is a good sign for the party.
Nevertheless, various state units of the party have already expressed their support for Rahul's elevation. The process of nomination started on Friday, and Tuesday marks the last date for filing nominations. Rahul, who became Congress Vice-President in January 2013, will succeed his mother, who is the longest-serving chief of the party, having been at the helm from 1998.