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Rahul Gandhi to be Congress president

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Rahul-GandhiRahul Gandhi will be made Congress president in April, a report said on Wednesday.

Citing top sources in the Congress, the report said the 44-year-old leader will formally take the command at the All India Congress Committee meeting in April while his mother and party chief Sonia Gandhi will continue to remain the chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party. Top Congress leaders believe that the direction that the party adopts at the upcoming AICC session will decide its future as it faces its worst time ever.

Rahul is reported to have taken the “leave of absence” to reflect on a series of electoral defeats and deliberate on the future course of the 130-year-old party. There has been a lot of speculation since Monday over why Rahul chose to go on a sabbatical on the first day of Parliament’s Budget session in which the opposition plans to corner the Narendra Modi government over a series of issues, including the proposed amendments to the Land Acquisition Act. The Land Act, passed by the UPA government in 2013, was one of the pet projects of Rahul, who had lobbied extensively with the then Manmohan Singh government to ensure that it is not anti-poor.

The Congress has been performing badly in the recent elections, which started with the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and continued with a series of Assembly elections in various states including Delhi, the state the party ruled for a straight 15 years till December 2013. The party is reduced to a dismal 44 MPs in the Lok Sabha.

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