The Congress Working Committee (CWC), which is meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday, it bound to extend party president Sonia Gandhi’s term as Party president, by another. As her present term expires in December and the party has postponed organisational elections for a year, the party needs to extend her term.
She has been at the of the party for 18 years, the longest period served by any other president of the party. Though it was felt that Rahul Gandhi, who was elevated as vice president in January, 2013 was expected to take over party leadership from her early this year, party sources says he was not yet ready to take charge.
Party circles are also fearing any change in the leadership before the Bihar elections could prove counterproductive. The CWC will also deliberate on a host of issues to take on the Narendra Modi government, which it forced onto the back foot over the land bill and alleged wrongdoing by BJP leaders, including two chief ministers.
The meeting comes days after the land ordinance was allowed to lapse as the government, facing stiff all-round resistance, decided not to re-promulgate it for the fourth time. Besides, amendments to the party constitution for reducing the term of its national president from five to three years and organisational elections are also expected to be discussed at the CWC.