Rahul Gandhi to soon take over as Congress president, says Sonia

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"The "Beta Bachao, Beta Banao" campaign was started by Gandhi himself when he said in Berkley that dynasty was a norm in Congress and the demand for his elevation to the post is part of that campaign", Bhasin said in a statement here.

The BJP "star campaigner" Yogi Adityanath will be campaigning in Gujarat on Friday and Saturday as BJP boosts its presence in the state after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's extended Roadshow in Gujarat.

Rahul had previously said that he was ready to take charge of the Congress party. "It'll happen soon", the Congress president said. She confirmed the development at the launch of former President Pranab Mukherjee's autobiography.

Over the last few months, a chorus has been building for Rahul to take over as the Congress president. The Election Commission has set a December deadline for the Congress to conclude the exercise.

The UPCC resolution will now be fforwarded to All India Congress Committee (AICC) for necessary action.

The likely elevation will be weeks before the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat where the Congress faces a tough challenge from the BJP.

Several Congress leaders have raised their voices from time to time for making Rahul the party president but they were silenced by their colleagues.

The Congress had deferred the organisational elections after Sonia's five-year term as party chief ended in 2015.

47-year-old Rahul has been serving as the party's vice-president since 2013. This was informed by Congress leader Sachin Pilot in an interview with news agency PTI. The Gandhi scion also targeted the BJP president Amit Shah over recent controversy concerning his son Jay Shah.

Of late, the various state units of the party have been adopting unanimous resolutions urging the Congress vice-president to take over the party's reins from his mother. "This is the right time to elevate Gandhi to the top post as it will give us strength to fight divisive forces in the country".

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