Highlights: Rahul Gandhi set to become Congress president soon, unopposed!

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New Delhi | Updated: December 4, 2017 5:14:15 PM

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today filed nomination for the post of Congress president.

Rahul Gandhi to be announced Congress party President soon

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today filed nomination for the post of Congress president. As per the schedule, approved by the Congress Working Committee, the filing of nominations began on December 1 and will end today. After scrutiny on Tuesday, the list of valid nominations will be published at 3:30 pm. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 11, and the poll, if necessary, will be held on December 16 and the counting will take place on December 19.  It has been learnt that at least 90 nominations have proposed Rahul Gandhi’s name for the party chief’s post. According to reports, around 800 people are expected to be present in the nomination ceremony. Today is the last date for filing of nominations. BJP led by PM Narendra Modi has vehemently criticised the Congress’ move. While PM Modi has time to time raked up dynasty issue to attack Rahul Gandhi, BJP President Amit Shah has called the Congress a private limited party. Congress delegates from various states are present at the party’s headquarters on Akbar Road on Monday. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Sushil Kumar Shinda are present. Rahul Gandhi had visited Singh’s residence ahead of filing nomination. Manmohan Singh is the main proposer. Rahul Gandhi is likely to emerge as the lone candidate in the fray and decks have been cleared for his election as the Congress president, succeeding his mother, who has held the post for 19 years in a row now. No one else has filed papers till Sunday, according to Mullapally Ramachandran, the chairman of the party’s Central Election Authority. “So far 90 nomination forms have been given out to state unit delegates. No application for the nomination has been submitted so far and Monday is the last date for filing nominations,” Ramachandran said.

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4: 30 pm: Jyotiraditya Scindia on Rahul Gandhi filing nomination for Congress party President: “Have no doubt that we will make tremendous strides under your unifying and progressive leadership @OfficeOfRG! Wish you the very best! Look forward to undertaking this journey of building an India of energy, opportunity and unity with you.”

4: 17 pm: Former Prime Minister and Senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh reacts to Rahul Gandhi filing his nomination for the post of Congress party President. Watch Video:

4: 09 pm: Ex-Speaker of Andhra Pradesh, Nadendla Manohar and Ex-Minister P.Balaraju convey their best wishes to Rahul Gandhi and Congress party. Watch Video:

3: 54 pm: DMK’s M K Stalin sends his wishes to Rahul Gandhi and highlights why he would be a beacon of hope for the country as Congress President. Watch Video:

3: 47 pm: MP Sharad Yadav extends best wishes to Rahul Gandhi, says he is capable of shouldering the responsibility. Watch Video:

3: 43 pm: Rahul Gandhi to be announced Congress President after the scrutiny of his nomination papers.

3: 39 pm: We have not received any other nomination apart from Rahul Gandhi claimed Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry during a press conference.

3: 37 pm: Rahul Gandhi receives support from 890, says Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry during a press conference.

3: 34 pm: Senior Congress leader Leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge wishes Congress VP Rahul Gandhi all the best in his journey to Congress President and dwells on his qualities as a strong leader. Watch Video:

3: 22 pm: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor gives his heartiest wishes to Rahul Gandhi, calls to work for a better India. Watch Video:

3: 05 pm: Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra extends best wishes to Rahul Gandhi, says a strong opposition is needed for a healthy democracy.

2: 50 pm: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu welcomed Rahul Gandhi as Congress President saying “Rahul Bhai Khaas Hai, Congress Desh Ka Vishwas Hai”. Watch Video:

2: 34 pm: Watch MP and Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma extending best wishes to the Congress President ‘in-making’ Rahul Gandhi.

2: 25 pm: INC chief Farooq Abdullah sees Rahul Gandhi elevation as Congress party president as a ‘good sign’.

2: 15 pm: AICC General Secretary, Dr CP Joshi welcomes Rahul Gandhi nomination for party president, calls it a momentous occasion.

1: 58 pm: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor extends best wishes to Rahul Gandhi, says he is looking forward to working with him.

1: 47 pm: BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao played on the words “Pidhi” and “peedi” while dismissing the process for generational change in the Congress leadership as “Pidhikaran”, a reference to Rahul Gandhi’s dog. “Pidhikaran of the Congress is now complete. Neither the old generation (PEEDI), nor the new generation matters. Only Pidhi matters,” Rao said in a statement.

1: 39 pm: BJP spokesperson Zafar Islam calls Rahul Gandhi expected ‘coronation’ undemocratic, calls Congress, a Gandhi family dominated party.

1: 35 pm: MP from Assam, Gaurav Gogoi calls the day as the celebration of optimism, extends best wishes to Rahul Gandhi.

1: 29 pm: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar clarifies his remark that compared Rahul coronation with the Mughal rule, saying, “Don’t compare both, during Mughal rule it was understood that after Jehangir, Aurangzeb will be the leader but here anyone is free to contest against Rahul Gandhi, its a totally democratic process.”

1: 23 pm: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma extends best wishes to Rahul Gandhi. Watch Video:

1: 18 pm: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath launches a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi, calls Congress party a ‘burden’.

1: 12 pm: Punjab Congress hails Rahul Gandhi as the leader of the masses.

1: 05 pm: Rahul Gandhi files nomination for Congress party President: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan says there is no democracy left in the Congress party.

12: 55 pm: PM Modi quotes Mani Shankar Aiyar who compared Rahul Gandhi’s elevation with Shah Jahan taking the throne after Jehangir.

12: 45 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his rally in Valsad, Gujarat terms Rahul Gandhi’s expected ‘elevation’ as ‘Aurangzeb Raj’.

12: 40 pm: Congress leader Raj Babbar praises the simplicity and honesty of Rahul Gandhi, extends heartiest congratulations.

12: 36 pm: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister backs Rahul Gandhi, extends his best wishes.

12: 32 pm: INC’s Sushmita Dev conveys her thoughts and good wishes on Rahul Gandhi, as he files for the post of #CongressPresident

12: 28 pm: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi takes a jibe at Rahul Gandhi, congratultes him for his “prmotion without performance.”

12: 25 pm: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is the “darling” of the party and will carry forward the “great traditions” of the Congress. “Rahul Gandhi is a darling of the Congress and he will carry forward the great traditions of the party,” the former Prime Minister said after Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers for the party’s top post.

12: 20 pm: Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy extends best wishes to Rahul Gandhi on filing nomination for the post of party President.

12: 15 pm: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah criticises PM Modi for speaking on Congress’ internal matters.

12: 10 pm: Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot extends best wishes to Rahul Gandhi.

12: 04 pm: Congress leader Ajay Maken calls it the beginning of a progressive era for leadership in India.

11: 58 am: Rahul seeks blessings from former PM Manmohan Singh and former President Pranab Mukherjee

11: 55 am: Congress leader Sachin Pilot wishes Rahul Gandhi through a video message. Watch Video:

11: 52 am: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu shows his support towards Rahul Gandhi in his very own poetic way, says Congress will usher in a new era with him becoming the party President

11: 45 am: Punjab Congress backs Rahul Gandhi, calls him visionary

11: 38 am: Shehzad Poonawalla launched a fresh salvo against Rahul Gandhi saying the Congress will place a dummy candidate to make it seem like an election.

11:33 am: Take a look at BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao’s tweet

11:30 am: Do BJP presidents get elected? Did Nitin Gadkari get elected through a ballot process? Let them answer that first: Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath.

11:26 am: Senior party leaders including Kamal Nath, Sheila Dikshit, Motilal Vora and Tarun Gogoi filed first set of nominations(as proposers) for Rahul Gandhi

11:23 am: Rahul Gandhi is a darling of the Congress and he will carry forward the great traditions of the party, says former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

11:20 am: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah meets Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

11:17 am: As a youth of 21st Century Rahul Gandhi missed a historical opportunity to free @INCIndia from dynastic & feudal politics. By getting ready to file nomination for Congress President in what’s a terribly opaque process @OfficeOfRG has humiliated ordinary workers, tweeted Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

11:14 am: WATCH- Take a look at the moment when Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers

11:11 am: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi with former PM Manmohan Singh and other senior leaders

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11:08 am: If you ask me, I think he will make a very good Prime Minister, says Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh.

11:05 am: Incumbent Congress President Sonia Gandhi was not present even as Rahul Gandhi has filed nomination.

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