Guwahati, Wednesday, November 22, 2017

‘Rahul as party chief will boost Cong prospects in Assam’
PRANJAL BHUYAN
 GUWAHATI, Nov 21 - With the Congress Working Committee (AICC) announcing the schedule for party president’s election and with Rahul Gandhi certain to assume leadership, the Congress in Assam believes that the change of guard will not only help it to garner support of the younger generation, but also facilitate it to prevail in the forthcoming panchayat polls.

 Senior leaders of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) told The Assam Tribune today that with the Gandhi scion poised to take charge of the party next month, the party’s prospects in states like Assam will also get a major boost.

“Rahul Gandhi is a dynamic leader. And with him taking over as president of our party, more youths will get attracted to us,” APCC president Ripun Bora told this newspaper.

He said that Gandhi’s expected elevation would help the Congress during the panchayat polls scheduled for January-February.

“Our party workers have been waiting for this moment for a long time and Gandhi’s taking over charge will give them renewed enthusiasm,” Bora said.

Asked if he expects any Congress leader to contest against Gandhi, Bora said, “I am certain there will be no contest. His election will be unanimous.”

The poll process for the Congress president’s post will start on December 1 with filing of nomination by candidates. Congress insiders and other pundits believe the election is a mere formality and are certain that Gandhi will face no challenge and will have a smooth hand-over of charge by Sonia Gandhi, who has been the party president for the last 19 years.

Meanwhile, Congress sources said that the name of the new APCC president is expected to be announced only after Gandhi takes over in New Delhi.

Senior Congress leaders said that incumbent State party president Bora is likely to get another term.

“However, the State Congress party had last month unanimously authorised the high command to decide on the name of the new APCC president. Yet, barring some eleventh hour changes, we believe Bora will get another term,” said a party leader.