Rahul Gandhi is set to take over as Congress president in the near future, with the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday unanimously expressing a strong sentiment that he should take over the reins of the party and deciding to convey it to party chief Sonia Gandhi.
Rahul chaired the meeting in the absence of Sonia, who did not attend the CWC meet as she was indisposed.
A senior Congress leader mooted the demand that Rahul should take over as Congress president, and it was met with unanimous agreement amongst all CWC members.
"In today's working committee meeting, members unanimously expressed their strong sentiment that Rahul Gandhiji must take over as president of the Congress party, respecting the wishes of crores of Congress workers and our well wishers," Antony said briefing the media about the outcome of the CWC meeting.
He said that the CWC members felt Rahul should take the leadership against the dictatorial policies of the Modi government.
Antony said that the CWC members would convey the unanimous sentiment of the committee to Sonia, who will also be requested to take the necessary follow-up action.
He said that there has been speculation about Rahul's elevation as Congress president, but this is the first time that the CWC has unanimously expressed such a strong sentiment.
Congress sources said that after the CWC apprises her of their desire to see Rahul as party president, she was expected to call another meeting of the committee to put its stamp of approval on the elevation.