Rahul Gandhi will be the opposition leader of the Congress party
Ashok Sharma, Associated Press
December 3, 2017
Updated: December 3, 2017, 11:31 pm
The leaders of the major party of Congress welcome the party's vice president Rahul Gandhi, second on the left, with flowers as he arrives to present his nomination documents at the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, on Monday, December 4 December 2017. Gandhi, a scion of the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty of India, has submitted nomination documents to succeed his mother as president of the main opposition party in Congress that ruled the country for decades.
The main leaders of the Congress Party welcome the vice president of the party …
NEW DELHI (AP) – Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty of India, handed over the nomination documents on Monday to succeed his mother as president of the main opposition Congress Party that has ruled the country for decades.
Without a serious rival for the position of the superior party, Gandhi will be chosen to be elected on December 16.
He faces a challenging task of reinvigorating his party, which was overthrown power of the Hindu Nationalist Party Bharatiya Janata of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. Modi is expected to seek re-election for a second five-year term in the elections Nationals of 2019.
The task is even more formidable with the Congress party suffering humiliating defeats in the recent state elections, especially in the state of Uttar Pradesh, despite Gandhi's active campaign to regain popular support.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the nomination of Gandhi at the headquarters of the ers. "This is another step in the quest to serve people through the Congress Party," he said.
Gandhi entered politics in 2004, occupying a parliamentary seat representing the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The seat was retained by her mother until she moved to an adjoining district. He was named vice president of the party, a post behind her, in 2013.
Sonia Gandhi has led the party for 19 years. She has had health problems, but the family and the party have given little information. He underwent surgery in the United States for an undisclosed reason in 2011, and has returned to the US. UU For regular checkups since then.
Rahul Gandhi will be the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to lead the Congress. His father Rajiv Gandhi, his grandmother Indira Gandhi and his grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru have served as prime ministers since the independence of India from the British colonialists in 1947.
Party workers have been demanding the elevation of Rahul Gandhi since 2013, but he has avoided occupying a superior position until now.
His supporters argued that he was rebuilding the party at the grbadroots level and that he has led Congress campaigns in state elections in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in recent years. The party performed poorly in the elections of both states last year.