Priyanka or Rahul - Who Will Be the Next Congress President?

Priyanka or Rahul, Congress President
Rahul Gandhi, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

From the 19th of December and continuing for the next seven days, Sonia Gandhi is holding meetings with Senior Congress officials at her 10, Janpath residence in Delhi, for the first set of in-person meetings since the pandemic hit. While the meeting was officially held to map out the plans of the party after multiple electoral debates held this year, Congress now has the huge responsibility of electing their new President. Will it be Rahul Gandhi, returning to his duties after once already serving as the Congress President, or will it be his ever willing sister, Priyanka Gandhi?

While senior spokesperson Rajdeep Surjewala has announced that 99.9% of Congress members want their new leader to be Rahul Gandhi, the grand old party will hold their formal set of elections early next year and decide on their new leader. 

However, it is important to note here that while speculations continue, Rahul Gandhi has not formally announced that he will be standing for Presidentship, a post that he resigned from following his Lok Sabha defeat, after which his mother Sonia Gandhi became interim President. Whilst a huge majority has made clear their preference for their leader, close sources reveal that if Rahul chooses not to stand, his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would be the next probable. 

The party will soon start the procedure to elect a new party president. An electoral college of Congress, AICC (All India Congress Committee) members, Congress workers and members will choose who's best suited," Mr Surjewala said.

When Rahul Gandhi resigned from his post of Presidency, in his resignation letter announced his wish to perhaps choose a new member for Congress President, someone who is not a part of the Nehru-Gandhi family. But without him in the contendants for the leader, the Congress will be in the dark, since he is their safest, most likely choice.