From being called prince to Pappu, “darling” of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi is all set to take the reins of the party this month. The party working committed has passed a resolution on Tuesday to make the 47 year old their new party president. He will reportedly be coronated on December 19. In a meeting chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and attended by top party leaders including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul stood unopposed as the only candidate. The committed announced the much-awaited election date to complete the prolonged election procedure.
The announcement came after the Election Commission set December 31 as the deadline for the party to complete the process of organisational elections. Sources said the new party president will take over control ahead of Gujarat Assembly elections. Named Congress vice-president in January 2013, Gandhi has come a long way since the day his mother told him that “power is like poison”. With no claimants to defeat, the young bespectacled boy who saw his grandmother and father be assassinated, will now lead a party with a history as rich as the country's.
No stranger to the limelight, the Gandhi scion has long accustomed himself to all kinds of attention. He has been called derogatory names through the years and is to this date a source of mockery on the internet. Rahul, however, remains undeterred. Maybe he does not take politics, or may be it's the other way around. Either ways, he has a massive weight on his shoulders, one that comes from being a part of the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty- a chain that began with Motilal Nehru.
A tough path lies in front of Rahul. The Gujarat elections that are now only a handful of days away, will serve as a litmus test. Top Congress leaders say his leadership of the party would be established if he delivers a victory in Gujarat, or at least substantially improves the Congress tally. While his past electoral record is nothing to boast about, Rahul certainly looks more confident now, and in control of what he wants to achieve.