Rahul Gandhi set to assume reins of Congress on December 5

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"India's strides in ease of doing business, the upgrade (in ratings) by Moody's, the impressive FDI figures do not matter to the Congress, which is busy devoting time and energy to more fruitful matters such as a coronation ceremony", he said in remarks laced with sarcasm, aimed at the likely elevation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president. Though the party announced the poll details, CWC members unanimously passed a resolution to elevate Rahul to the party chief post. All eyes are on the meeting for the dates Congress sets for the internal polls.

However, Congress sources said Sonia, who turns 71 on December 9, will continue to guide the party albeit in a different role. The last date to withdraw nomination is December 11, while voting, if only required, will take place on December 19. "It will always be available to not just Rahul-ji but also Congress men and women", he said. As per the reports, the Congress party Vice-president Rahul Gandhi is the only candidate in the fray.

Hitting back at Gandhi, Jaitley also said that rescheduling of Parliament sessions has happened several times before during election time. The former Union minister, however, said his promotion would not lead to the party's old guard getting "thrown by the wayside".

Congress leaders indicated that Sonia is unlikely to seek re-election from Rae Bareli in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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"Rahulji, but also to crores and crores of Congressmen and women always". Those eligible to vote are Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates who have already been elected by their respective state units.

Meanwhile, sources have informed that the CWC was of the view that Rahul's elevation could help the party in the upcoming Gujarat elections and galvanise support in the party's favour. In this regard, some potential Congress allies may prefer Sonia Gandhi to helm an opposition coalition as they have developed a good working relationship with her.

At the 10 Janpath Road during the Congress Working Committee meeting a major decision taken by the veteran leaders of the party.

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