RPT---New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi with party Vice president Rahul Gandhi wait to cast vote in the Presidential Election, in New Delhi on Monday.   PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist(PTI7_17_2017_000025a)

Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh Elections – Congress Presidential Poll face delay

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NEW DELHI: The Central Election Authority (CEA) of Congress which set October 25 deadline for electing new party president may have to tweak the schedule as the planned Congress Working Committee meeting got delayed due to leadership’s pre-occupation with alliance-making in Gujarat and selection of candidates in Himachal Pradesh.

However, the party president has not yet told the CEA to re-work the schedule even as party leaders expect a CWC meet soon. Since almost all newly constituted Pradesh Congress Committees, the electoral college, have already passed unanimous resolutions seeking the election of Rahul Gandhi as new party chief, some leaders say CWC has the power, technically, to treat the PCC resolutions as delegates’ mandate/nomination papers for Gandhi’s elevation and pass a resolution to that effect or, can tweak CEA schedule by a few days or weeks.

The CEA, headed by Mullappally Ramachandran and comprising Madhusudan Mistry and Bhupanesh Kalita, has been working over time to keep its deadline, and has already completed the constitution of PCCs in all the states. “The CEA has completed all the work as per the schedule is now awaiting the CWC to give the final clearance on the party president’s election process”, said an AICC functionary. Once the formality of Rahul Gandhi’s elevation is completed, he is expected to formally take charge at an AICC plenary session in November-December.

(This has not been edited by gmedia.news and is from Economic Times.)

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