Sonia Gandhi says government 'sabotaging' winter session of Parliament

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The third option was for the CWC to appoint Rahul Gandhi as chief of the party first and then get the decision ratified by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) at a special session, the Congress official added. "The government is mistaken if it thinks that by locking the temple of democracy it will escape constitutional accountability ahead of the assembly elections", the Congress president said.

The elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14.

"The government is forcefully trying to change history of modern India by erasing contributions made by Nehru, Indira Gandhi", Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala quoted Sonia Gandhi as saying in the CWC.

Among the other senior leaders who are star campaigners are AICC General Secretary in-charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and others. Counting of votes and declaration of results will take place on December 19, Mullapally Ramachandran, the chairman of the Congress' central election authority, told reporters after the CWC meeting. It is Rahul ji who will be undertaking election campaign.

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Gandhi cited unemployment, rising inflation, falling exports, demonetisation and GST as important factors to be discussed. The former Union minister, however, said his promotion would not lead to the party's old guard getting "thrown by the wayside".

Noting that the Congress in Punjab had fielded maximum number of youth in the last Assembly polls, he said it was in national interest to infuse young blood into the polity. "Over the last 18 months, the election process that has concluded in all but six states has elected block presidents, an equal number of delegates, primary units and party members. Her able leadership and guidance will always be available, not only to Rahulji, but also to crores and crores of Congressmen and women always".

Sonia Gandhi, now 70, has been unwell in recent years and scaled down her public appearances because of the same.

The Congress had earlier set a deadline to complete the organisational elections by October-end.

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