Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday filed his nomination papers for the post of party president.
The 47-year-old Gandhi scion is likely to be the lone candidate for the election of party president and decks have been cleared for his election as the Congress president, succeeding his mother Sonia Gandhi, who has held the post for 19 years in a row now.
Today is the last date for filing nominations.
No one else filed papers till Sunday, according to Mullapally Ramachandran, the chairman of the party's Central Election Authority.
Congress leaders are sending good wishes to Rahul Gandhi for filing nominations for the post of party president on Monday. The hashtag #IndiaWithRahulGandhi started trending on top in Twitter on Monday as many Congress leaders took on Twitter to send good wishes to Rahul Gandhi.
Take a look at the tweets by seniors Congress leaders and state units of the party:
Compassion, humility & determination are just a few qualities that make Rahul Gandhi an ideal #CongressPresident and leader.— UP Congress (@WithCongressUP) December 4, 2017
Today, we recall what he stands for on issues close to his heart. #IndiaWithRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/BQI61ZptRx
Today is the beginning of a new era of leadership for India-— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) December 4, 2017
Pragmatic, Progressive and compassionate leadership in the form of @OfficeOfRG#IndiaWithRahulGandhi
#RahulGandhi ji is evolving as a young leader, who wants to base the party's policies on the will of ppl. Under him as VP, Congress has been following the people's agenda. He will emerge as truly a People's Leader n a Man of the Masses in the times to come.#IndiaWithRahulGandhi— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) December 4, 2017
Heartiest Congratulations to our beloved leader Rahul Gandhiji.— Raj Babbar (@RajBabbarMP) December 4, 2017
Your Honesty & Simplicity as a leader has always inspired us. Under your leadership, we are sure our party will be a bigger vehicle of change & well-being for the people of India.#IndiaWithRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/zirJuphiDu
Proud to be part of a historical moment. Look forward to a new innings by a dynamic and compassionate leader @OfficeOfRG #IndiawithRahulGandhi— Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) December 4, 2017
Compassion, humility & determination are just a few qualities that make Rahul Gandhi an ideal #CongressPresident and leader.— Congress (@INCIndia) December 4, 2017
Today, we recall what he stands for on issues close to his heart. #IndiaWithRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/QTlBJ05DUT
My party enters a new era today. @INCIndia has always been in sync with the composite culture of India. As @OfficeOfRG takes the responsibility of heading my Party, he has the best wishes of millions of Indians like me, who see in him great hope & promise #IndiaWithRahulGandhi— Pawan Khera (@Pawankhera) December 4, 2017
Congratulations, Shri Rahul Gandhi @OfficeOfRG on filing nomination papers for election of post of President of @INCIndia.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) December 4, 2017
I am confident that the party will renew itself with greater vigour& scale new heights under your able leadership. I wish you success!#IndiaWithRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/MtYoWPEkUH
Wish you all the best Mr. Rahul Gandhi as you file your nomination for the Presidentship of the Indian National Congress @OfficeOfRG #IndiaWithRahulGandhi— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) December 4, 2017
#IndiaWithRahulGandhi : today, tomorrow and always.— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) December 4, 2017
As Mr Rahul Gandhi files his nomination, I wish him the very best as Congress President. #IndiaWithRahulGandhi— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) December 4, 2017
Have no doubt that we will make tremendous strides under your unifying & progressive leadership @OfficeOfRG! Wish you the very best! Look forward to undertaking this journey of building an India of energy, opportunity & unity with you. #IndiawithRahulGandhi— Jyotiraditya Scindia (@JM_Scindia) December 4, 2017
I extend my best wishes to Rahul ji as he files nomination for the @INCIndia's president post today. His leadership & guidance will rejuvenate the Party with new zeal and enthusiasm!— Bharat Solanki (@BharatSolankee) December 4, 2017
Sri Rahul Gandhi is filing his nomination for President @INCIndia. His leadership is most essential to take India forward, towards becoming a more modern,secular,progressive,liberal & just nation.#IndiaWithRahulGandhi— Dinesh Gundu Rao (@dineshgrao) December 4, 2017
I extend my best wishes to Sh #RahulGandhi ji as he files nomination for party President's post.— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) December 4, 2017
Rahul ji has been working very hard since becoming the VP. His simplicity n genuineness has an appeal n acts as a unifying force.#IndiaWithRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/DxWmW5TkgT
Had Shri Rahul Gandhi not been at the helm, we, the NSUI family wouldn't have gone through the strong internal democratic process which eventually strengthened the organization.#IndiaWithRahulGandhi— NSUI (@nsui) December 4, 2017
Leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge wishes Congress VP Rahul Gandhi all the best in his journey to Congress President and dwells on his qualities as a strong leader. #IndiaWithRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/gkPzgXyEZJ— Congress (@INCIndia) December 4, 2017
Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha @AzadGhulamNabi sends his wishes to Congress VP Rahul Gandhi and highlights why he is the perfect fit for Congress President. #IndiaWithRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/NxynbmKEBZ— Congress (@INCIndia) December 4, 2017
#IndiaWithRahulGandhi— Telangana Congress (@INCTelangana) December 4, 2017
I Have An Aim - I Have A Clear Aim In My Mind, And The Aim Is That I Do Not Like What I See In Indian Politics; It Is Something That Is Inside My Heart – Rahul Gandhi
Doors Of IYC & NSUI Thrown Open To Youth. Thousands Were Included In Political Mainstream. pic.twitter.com/aX9tVmsYdr
As a leader, @OfficeOfRG takes everyone together, listens to people, instils hope, inspires, and empowers. The way he has been drawing crowds in Gujarat is a big example of this. #IndiaWithRahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/ignKgjCSRu— Office RG fan (@OffficeRGFan) December 4, 2017
The last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 11, and the poll, if necessary, will be held on December 16 and the counting will take place on December 19.