Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi will take charge as the party’s chief on Saturday. Rahul will take over the baton of the grand old party from his mother Sonia Gandhi who was holding the post for 19 years.
Rahul was unanimously named for the post of the Congress president on Monday after no one else from his party challenged him in the internal election.
The elevation of Rahul from the post of vice president comes at a time when the party finds itself in a severe political crisis. The transition bears an uncanny resemblance to the time when Sonia took over as the Congress’ president and the party clocked its worst performance since Independence in the 1999 elections, winning 114 seats.
The Congress bounced back in 2004 and retained power in 2009 – it also won a string of Assembly elections from 2004 to 2014.
The timing of Rahul’s promotion is somewhat similar as nearly all the exit polls have predicted the Congress defeat against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a large margin in the recently concluded Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections.