Live Updates CWC meeting: It is final now. Rahul Gandhi’s coronation as Congress president on December 19

By: | Updated: November 20, 2017 2:19 PM

Congress Working Committee (CWC) held an important meeting today. In the meeting, CWC shared the poll schedule. December 19, the counting of votes and announcement of party president will be held.

Congress party, CWC meeting, Rahul gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Congress president, Congress President election, Congress Working Committee meetingCongress Working Committee (CWC) meeting underway at 10, Janpath. (ANI)

The Indian National Congress party is ready to make changes in its organisational structure. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) held an important meeting today in order to decide upon the dates for the party’s presidential elections. In the meeting, the party could also announce the date of Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as the president, but instead, the party’s presidential schedule was declared. The sources in the party have confirmed that the central election authority has submitted many schedules to the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi. The process of election will take 12 to 14 days, which will cover the important dates, from notification to nomination, withdrawal, scrutiny, and the actual election. CWC will decide the time frame for the election soon. Sources have said that Rahul Gandhi may take charge of the party before the Gujarat election. According to a senior leader who told the Indian Express that Rahul Gandhi could be announced as the party president by the end of November.

The role of Sonia Gandhi post the announcement of Rahul Gandhi’s presidentship is not clear yet. Sources have confirmed that the Sonia Gandhi would be a figurehead. Sonia Gandhi is likely to continue as chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party.

Here are the live updates on the CWC meeting:

1:45 pm: Sonia Gandhi has been a leader & mentor for Congress Party, she’ll continue to guide the party: Randeep Surjewala

1:30 pm: “Changing the schedule of Parliament session during elections is nothing new. The Congress has also done it before. We will have a full session,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while reacting to Sonia Gandhi’s criticism of the Modi government.

1:15 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s opening Remarks at Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting tweeted by Randeep Surjewala.

1:00 pm: RPN Singh, Congress leader said, “We are winning Gujarat and I am convinced. No one gave Rahul credit for winning Punjab.”

12:58 pm: The official twitter handle of Congress Party tweeted the official schedule of the election of Congress President.

12:55 pm: Rahul Gandhi has changed the narrative about GST by asking tough questions against BJP. Let’s have a survey among the poor of the country then we’ll know about the government’s approval ratings: RPN Singh, Congress leader

12:52 pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the CWC meeting said, “A year later, demonetisation has done nothing but rub salt on the wounds of distressed farmers, small traders, housewives, and daily workers. The fortunes of a handful are being built by destroying the future of the poor and the oppressed.”

12:50 pm: Sonia Gandhi’s experience will continue to help the Congress party.

12:48 pm: RPN Singh, Congress said, “BJP lost many elections, we are definitely winning Gujarat elections.”

12:44 pm: “This is a battle of ideological. Rahul Gandhi will be the prime ministerial candidate in 2019,” says RPN Singh from Congress.

12:38 pm: Tweet from Congress leader Randeep Surjewala

12:36 pm: Modi govt in arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’s Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging Winter Session on flimsy grounds. It’s mistaken if it thinks by locking temple of democracy, it’ll escape constitutional accountability ahead of elections.: Sonia Gandhi in Congress CWC

12:34 pm: Sonia Gandhi also noted that PM has not spoken about the corruption charges against his Government: Randeep Surjewala

12:32 pm: “People’s power will win against the muscle power in Gujarat,” says Randeep Surjewala during CWC meeting press conference.

12:28 pm: Randeep Surjewala takes a jibe at Zee TV. He said that the organisation should show how BJP workers created violence in the party offices.

12:27 pm: “India is already the largest democracy in the world. Congress Party has the presence in every state, village, taluka. In spite the area Congress has covered, they (other political parties) are years to get that experience. Other parties cannot do this. It comes from living with the country growing with the country. This is what Congress president Soniya Gandhi said,” says Randeep Surjewala

12:26 pm: Tweet from Congress Party.

12:25 pm: “The way the farmers want to commit suicide, Congress will not accept this,” says Soniya Gandhi in the CWC meeting

12:24: “Modi government wants to stay away from Winter session,” says Randeep Surjewala.

12:23 pm: Sonia Gandhi chaired key Congress meeting in the morning, says Randeep Surjewala

12:20 pm: Sonia Gandhi thanked party leaders for their contribution, says Randeep Surjewala

12:15 pm: CWC poll schedule from the press conference.

Date of notification: December 1
Last date to file nominations: December 4, 3 pm
Scrutiny of nominations: December 5
Publication of list of valid nominations: December 5, 3:30 pm
Last date for withdrawal of nominations: December 11, 3:30 pm
Publication of final list: December 11, 4 pm
Date of polling: December 16 (if necessary)
Counting of votes and declaration of results: December 19

12:00 pm: Its final now. Rahul Gandhi’s coronation as Congress president on December 19, says Times Now

11:49 am: If there is no other contestant for Congress presidentship until December 4, then Rahul Gandhi will become the party president say TV reports.

11:45 am: Congress Working Committee meeting briefing at 12:15 pm today at AICC.

11:43 am: Official press conference will be underway in a short while.

11:40 am: The CWC poll schedule as follows:

Date of notification: November 21
last date for nomination: November 24
Scrutiny of nomination: November 25
Last day of withdrawal: December 5
Date of polling: December 8
Counting of votes: December 11

11:38 am: TV reports say that the CWC meeting at 10, Janpath is over now.

11:10 am: Times Now reports that Rahul Gandhi may become the party president before December 9.

11:00 am: Earlier today, talking about the scuffle between Congress party workers and NCP workers Ashok Gehlot from Congress said, “I condemn this violence, Hardik Patel and his workers should show patience, issues can be sorted out by talking.”

10:55 am: First visuals of CWC meeting are here:

10:45 am: Congress leader praises Rahul Gandhi for his role in Gujarat elections. He said, “We are very happy with Rahul Gandhi’s elevation. His performance in Gujarat is outstanding.”

10:30 am: Many senior leaders are coming in for the CWC meeting at 10, Janpath, New Delhi.

10:20 am: Agenda for Congress meeting: Election scheduled to be announced and state resolution to be moved asking for Rahul Gandhi to be made President of the party.

10:15 am: While talking to CNN-News18, NCP leader Majeed Memon said, “As far is Gujarat elections are concerned, we were keen to stop scattering anti-BJP votes. We were in constant touch with the Gujarat Congress unit. We thought due respect would be given to us But unfortunately, that has not happened.”

10:10 am: Congress leaders are reaching 10 Janpath right now

10:05 am: JD (U) leader KC Tyagi says that the elevation of Rahul Gandhi is an internal matter.

10:00 am: Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT cell chief Amit Malviya says that Congress is facing a dilemma on whether to name Rahul Gandhi party head before or after the ‘loss’ in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat elections

9:55 am: Each defeat of Congress is directly proportional to Rahul Gandhi’s elevation, says Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

9:50 am: Nation stands with Rahul Gandhi says Shobha Oza from Congress party

9:45 am: Congress party meeting likely to be held today.


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