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UPCC passes resolution to elevate Rahul Gandhi as Cong chief

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

The Committee (UPCC) today unanimously passed a resolution that be made the party's national president, a spokesperson said here.

UP chief Raj Babbar moved the resolution at a meeting of party functionaries including city and district unit presidents.

"The resolution was passed unanimously," party spokesperson Amarnath Agarwal said.

Rahul Gandhi, 47, has been the vice president since 2013 and has been assisting his 70-year-old mother Sonia Gandhi, who heads the party.

had taken over as the Congress president from Sitaram Kesari in 1998 and is the longest-serving head in the party's 131-year history.

The UPCC takes this decision in one voice that Rahul Gandhi be made the president, Babbar said at the meeting.

"This is the duty of all Congressmen that the one who has given us new strength and power, and has taken the values of forward, be made the president...We will become the strength of Rahulji and work under his leadership," Agarwal quoted Babbar as saying.

Other speakers at the meeting, including Sanjay Singh (MP), Aradhana Misra (MLA), Deepak Singh (MLC), also lauded calling him the "messiah of labourers and farmers" and urged him to rid the country of BJP rule.

The resolution will now be sent to the All India Congress Committee (AICC), Agarwal added.

Several other state units of the Congress, including Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi etc, have also passed similar resolutions seeking the elevation of as the party chief.

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First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 17:32 IST