Sonia slams PM Modi for 'erasing contributions' of Nehru, Indira

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. PTI File

The schedule for election of the next Congress president was announced during the meeting.

Hours after Congress President Sonia Gandhi accused the BJP-led NDA Government of "sabotaging" the Winter Session of Parliament, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley responded with equal vigour, saying the main Opposition party had delayed the Parliament sittings on numerous occasions in the past. In the event of an election, the result will be out on December 19, a day after the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh poll results.

The elections in Gujarat will take place in 2 phases on December 9 and 14.

Gandhi was speaking at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee. Read Also: Rahul Gandhi at helm will lure Gujarat votes: Congress Rahul Gandhi was appointed Congress vice president in 2013 and speculation about his elevation has been rife for quite some time, particularly after Sonia began keeping indifferent health.

December 15 has been decided as the date of elections for the post of Congress president.

Gandhi also took potshots at the GST and demonetisation.

"Unlike Modi - who has associated himself with such ideas as Swachh Bharat - there is no distinctive area with which Rahul has been able to associate himself till now", she said. "Thus, despite a disastrous track record, Rahul's elevation as the next Congress president was a foregone conclusion", he added.

Noting that the Congress in Punjab had fielded maximum number of youth in the last Assembly polls, he said it was in national interest to infuse young blood into the polity.

"Sonia Gandhi is our leader and mentor". She has always guided the Congress party.

"Rahulji, but also to crores and crores of Congressmen and women always".

Some state units had already passed the resolution to appoint him as party chief.

Meanwhile, the CWC formally initiated the process for electing a new president on Monday.

Having been forced by the Election Commission to complete the process of internal elections, the party will hold elections for the first time in the last seven years.

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