New Delhi/Wayanad: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi is all set to return to lead the party and is likely to take over after the Delhi assembly polls early next year. A hint to this effect was dropped by Congress General Secretary, Organisation, KC Venugopal who said that country wants his leadership more now.
Venugopal, who is accompanying Gandhi to his Kerala constituency Wayanad, told reporters: "The nation is going through a critical phase... The party needs his leadership and there is loud chorus from the workers to bring him again and we hope he will listen to them."
A Congress session is scheduled in the next few months to ratify the appointment of interim President Sonia Gandhi. A source said that in the same meet, a chorus will grow to bring again Rahul Gandhi as planned by young leaders in the party.
Rahul Gandhi's elevation to the party organisation was first demanded at the AICC's Hyderabad session in 2006 where workers from UP raised slogans in his favour and he was made party General Secretary in 2007. After that, the demand to make him Vice President was raised at the brainstorming session in Jaipur in 2013.
He was elected President unopposed in 2017 after demand from different quarters of the party, but during the 2019 General Elections, the party was routed under his leadership and he resigned in May taking the responsibility of poll debacle and did not budge to the party's repeated requests to reconsider. In August, Sonia Gandhi was appointed interim party chief.
Though he may not be the party chief, but Rahul Gandhi's decisions are evident within the party's decisions as evinced by appointment of Nitin Raut as minister in the Shiv Sena-Congress-Nationalist Congress Party coalition government in Maharashtra and of Nana Patole as the Assembly Speaker.
The party is finalising a venue for the AICC session, which could be held in the Congress-ruled states of Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan in January and February, a source said.