Congress organisational polls that would have culminated into elevation of Rahul Gandhi as next president have been deferred till second half of October-November. The All India Congress Committee (AICC) members who elect the new party president will be elected by August 15 in the first phase and by October 15 in the second phase and as such election to the post of party president will take place only after this process is completed.

Congress organisational polls that would have culminated into elevation of Rahul Gandhi as next president have been deferred till second half of October-November. The All India Congress Committee (AICC) members who elect the new party president will be elected by August 15 in the first phase and by October 15 in the second phase and as such election to the post of party president will take place only after this process is completed. Though the announcement is silent on dates for the president’s election as also on the plenary session in which the new members of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) are to be elected, the publication of membership lists will now be completed on July 5 for first phase and July 24 for second phase. Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala are among the states covered in the first phase while the second phase includes the states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. The elections for the first phase will be completed in just 21 days from July 10 to 31 and the second phase will begin from July 28. In the first phase, the booth committee elections will be held from July 10 to 15, block committees from July 16 to 20, DCC office-bearers and executives from July 20 to 25, and the PCC president, vice-president, treasurer and executive as also AICC members from July 26 to 31. The state returning officers are to issue identity cards to AICC members by August 15. In case of the second phase, the booth committee elections will be held from July 28 to August 14, block committees from August 20 to 31, DCCs from September 1 to 15, and PCC office-bearers and executives as also AICC members from September 21 to 30. The AICC members are to be issued the identity cards by October 15. Meanwhile, the Congress on Thursday faulted the BJP government in Haryana for “premature” release of audit report against Robert Vadra, husband of Priyanka, on land deal. Congress party dubbed the report as “half truths, innuendos and insinuations.” Its chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said the government deliberately did not reply to the queries by the Principal Accountant General to put the incontrovertible facts on record and tabled the interim report in the Assembly with an intention to harm.

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Congress organisational elections announced; Rahul crowning may be deferred till Oct-Nov