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    New era in Congress as Rahul Gandhi 'crowned' party president


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    Rahul Gandhi officially declared as Congress President

    Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress President from his mother Sonia Gandhi..

    New era in Congress as Rahul Gandhi 'crowned' party president


    New Delhi: In a generational shift at the top in the Congress, Rahul Gandhi was on Monday announced as the new president of the grand old party.

    Addressing a press conference, Mullappally Ramachandran, the chairman of the Congress central election authority, announced: "Rahul Gandhi has been elected Congress president unopposed."

    His mother and Congress' longest-serving president Sonia Gandhi is likely to formally hand over the baton to him on December 16.

    The 47-year-old Gandhi will be the sixth Nehru-Gandhi scion to helm the party.

    In all, over 90 sets of nominations were said to have been filed supporting Gandhi before the deadline expired at 3 pm on December 04. Had there been any contest, today (December 11) would have been the last date for withdrawal. Since there was no other nomination, Rahul was declared elected today.

    While pageantry would herald the dawn of a new era in the party which has ruled the country for over half-a-century since independence, the 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family will face the daunting task of restoring lost glory to the party whose fortunes have been dwindling in the recent past.

    Today, the party, which once controlled almost the entire country, has its governments in just five states and the Union Territory of Puducherry.

    Read more at: http://www.timesnownews.com/india/vi...ra-modi/143759
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    What will beSonia’s role now?



    The bigquestion is whether she will relinquish charge as head of the parliamentaryparty

    Rahul Gandhi’s elevation endsthe 19-year reign of his mother, Sonia Gandhi, as president of the Congress.She is now expected to be a mentor and guide to the party. Sources say a postof party patron will be created to keep her on in an advisory role.
    The big question, however, is whethershe will relinquish charge as head of the parliamentary party who sets theparliamentary agenda and is also de factomemberof the party’s highest decision-making body, the Congress Working Committee.
    According to party insiders, she hasexpressed the desire to quit that position too and remain just in thebackground.
    “Her guidance and presence in Parliamentas the leader of the party is healthy for us. She energises us and keeps usmotivated to go on. But it remains her call whether or not she wants tocontinue in this position,” K.C. Venugopal, MP from Kerala, told TheHindu.
    As parliamentary party leader, Ms.Gandhi is also the key negotiator with other Opposition parties. The presidentsof Opposition parties find it more comfortable to deal with her than her son.
    “She has got a skill to unite the entireOpposition. It is only because of her dynamic and resourceful leadership thatwe were able to bring in many disparate groups together in 2009,” Lok Sabhamember Veerappa Moily said.
    Party insiders, however, are not placingany bets considering how she had taken everyone by surprise with her suddendecision not to accept the Prime Minister’s office in 2009.

    Readmore at: http://www.thehindu.com/news/nationa...?homepage=true
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    New era? LOL

    It is the same old, same old.

    The king is dead! Long live the king!
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    ACCIDENTAL LEADER

    A failed politician takes over the reins of a flailing party

    Written by Shivam Vij

    March 1998: It was a coup most unceremonious. Members of India’s Congress party removed their chief Sitaram Kesari’s name plate and replaced it with a computer printout that read, “Sonia Gandhi, Congress President.”

    Kesari was close to former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao who ran a minority government from 1991 to 1996. Under the Rao-Kesari regime, a number of senior Congress leaders had left the party.

    The Congress lost the 1998 general elections after having withdrawn support from two United Front prime ministers in two years. Gandhi came out of the shadows to campaign in the 1998 elections. The party performed poorly and Atal Bihari Vajpayee presided over India’s first Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government (not counting his 16-day prime ministership in 1996.)
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    March 1998: It was a coup most unceremonious. Members of India’s Congress party removed their chief Sitaram Kesari’s name plate and replaced it with a computer printout that read, “Sonia Gandhi, Congress President.”

    Kesari was close to former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao who ran a minority government from 1991 to 1996. Under the Rao-Kesari regime, a number of senior Congress leaders had left the party.

    The Congress lost the 1998 general elections after having withdrawn support from two United Front prime ministers in two years. Gandhi came out of the shadows to campaign in the 1998 elections. The party performed poorly and Atal Bihari Vajpayee presided over India’s first Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government (not counting his 16-day prime ministership in 1996.)
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    Seen as a part-time politician, Rahul never misses his holidays. Whether India is undergoing upheaval with demonetisation or a fresh round of assembly elections are nigh, he has to take his December-end flight out and soon starts planning his birthday trip in June. Each holiday lasts around two weeks.

    By contrast, Modi projects the image of a 24◊7 leader. Even when he fails, people say at least he is trying. Rahul is seen as someone who’s not even trying.

    Read more at: https://qz.com/1145935/rahul-gandhi-...ongress-party/
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    Congress seem to have lost its bearings. The organisation is in complete shambles. The cotory which forms the "high command" could not or doesn't want to think any one to lead the Party outside the "family". They would like to use some one from the "Nehru-Gandhi" dynasty to occupy the hereditary post of President of the Congress.

    They have not understood the generation shift among the new voters, who expect a dynamic person with fresh thinking to lead the Country.
    Mr Narendra Modi with his ambition of "development" and freshness fitted in the slot and his party easily got elected.

    I am nothing against Mr Rahul Gandhi becoming a leader. He seems to be a good person, but he lacks in leadership qualities, that the people of this ancient Country expect. He follows the advise of aged leaders of Congress, whose thinking has no relevance to present day ambitious and restless young voters.

    As the old saying goes :
    "கட்டிக்கொடுத்த சோறும் கற்றுக்கொடுத்த சொல்லும் எத்தனை நாள் நிற்கும்."

    How ever on the occasion of Mr Rahul Gandhi taking over the Presidentship of Congress let us wish him all the best in his new assignment.

    Brahmanyan
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    Quote Originally Posted by biswa View Post
    New era? LOL

    It is the same old, same old.

    The king is dead! Long live the king!
    hi

    old wine in new bottle....
    asato maa sadh gamayaa, tamaso maa jyotir
    gamayaa, mrityor maa amritham gamayaaa..
    om shanti, om shanti, om shanti...upanishad
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    The road ahead for Rahul Gandhi is very tough with lot of challenges

    Among other things, he has a powerful party to fight against.

    Main challenges for Rahul Gandhi as Congress President.

    His re-energized version now must help his party recover its lost cadre base and local-meetings-national narrative.
    By ANGSHUKANTA CHAKRABORTHY

    I keep reading about Rahul Gandhi often gifting his party men books that talk of subjects like wealth creation for the urban poor, such as the Peruvian informal economics specialist Hernando de Soto’s The Mystery of Capital. This is interesting because de Soto’s idea of a “popular capitalism” is much like the Gujarati entrepreneurial spirit – small and medium-scale, but gigantic when taken together – that Rahul Gandhi, the freshly anointed president of the 132-year-old Indian National Congress, has often mentioned in his campaign speeches. A capitalism for the masses, democratised enough and not handcuffed to a few behemoth sponsors of past and future elections is really the great ideal stymied by many governments in the past, including the one under Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother, the late Indira Gandhi, and certainly the current government in the Centre.

    On December 16, 2017, president-elect Rahul Gandhi, picked “unopposed”, will formally take charge. His ascension, though a political given for long, was also eternally postponed, too often ridiculed. As the 47-year-old who wants to “change the political discourse”, being the sixth in the Nehru-Gandhi family to become the president of the grand old party is therefore as much a backlog as it’s a calling, as much a responsibility coming from within as it’s a crown of thorns.

    Read more at: https://www.dailyo.in/politics/rahul...y/1/21098.html
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    Hope he will learn lessons to avoid mistakes that his mother Sonia Gandhi did during the past....

    Leadership lessons: Five mistakes made by Sonia Gandhi that Rahul Gandhi cannot afford to repeat

    The Congress party’s president-in-waiting has his task cut out

    In a few days, Rahul Gandhi will be anointed as the Congress’s president, succeeding his mother Sonia Gandhi who led the party to two successive Lok Sabha election victories. As he takes over a party whose national footprint has shrunk drastically and whose organisational apparatus is in a shambles, Rahul Gandhi can take lessons from his mother’s 19-year stint at the helm, the longest of any Congress chief.

    For one, senior Congress leaders who have worked closely with Sonia Gandhi said, Rahul Gandhi could learn from how she put in the hard hours to get a grip on the intricacies of running a complex organisation when she took over as the president in 1998. She also earned a reputation for working harmoniously with senior leaders, patiently handling difficult situations, and leaders, to build consensus.
    Sonia Gandhi’s legacy is not flawless, however, and Rahul Gandhi would do well not to blindly emulate his mother. In particular, he must avoid repeating these five mistakes of Sonia Gandhi.
    1) Overdependence on advisers

    When Sonia Gandhi took the Congress reins, she was a political novice and under attack over her foreign origin. As a result, she became completely dependent on a handful of senior leaders, so much so she was left to be little more than the party’s public face. It was a win-win though: while these leaders looked after the organisation, they allowed Sonia Gandhi to emerge as the unquestioned leader of the party.

    Read more at: https://scroll.in/article/860439/lea...ford-to-repeat
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