Sonia Gandhi will remain as the president of the Congress for a longer period, contrary to earlier reports suggesting that her son and party vice president Rahul to be elevated as the Congress' official head soon.
According to a news agency, when Sonia was asked about Rahul's elevation as the party president, she replied in a cryptic manner, stating, "Jab hoga toh pata chal jaayega (You will know when it will happen)."
The buzz around organisational changes in the Congress has been doing the rounds for quite some time now. The Congress president has been refraining from attending key party functions and shouldering important responsibilities. It is the Congress vice-president who was taking centrestage in the day-to-day party affairs.
Under Rahul's leadership the party has faced humiliating defeats since 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Things for the grand old party looks grim after the Congress has scored badly in the assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand recently.
Moreover, Rahul is yet to give the Congress a major election victory under his leadership, the post is expected to remain elusive for him.
A section of Congress is opposed to Rahul's elevation, others in the party wanted him to 'officially' take charge of the party, since Sonia is not so active in politics due to health-related issues.