New Delhi/ Ahmedabad: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday filed his nomination for the post of party president.
The 47-year-old leader is likely to take over the mantle from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, without contest.
Senior Congress leaders, including Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were present when Gandhi filed his nomination paper at the party headquarters.
According to reports, Rahul was the lone candidate till he filed his nomination.
Present Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are the proposers for Rahul’s elevation.
Meanwhile, addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Dharampur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Rahul Gandhi’s nomination for the post of Congress president is an indication of ‘Aurangzeb Raj’.
“Mani Shankar Aiyar said that ‘did elections happen during Mughal rule? After Jehangir, Shahjahan came, was any election held? After Shahjahan it was understood Aurangzeb will be the leader’. So Congress accepts it’s a family party? We don’t want this Aurangzeb rule,” Modi said.
Earlier, while interacting with media in New Deli, Manmohan Singh had said: “Rahul’s (likely) elevation is another step by the Congress party to serve the nation.”
“Rahul will carry forward the tradition of the Congress party,” the former PM added.
Sonia who took over the Congress helm in May 1998, is the longest serving president of the party.
Rahul took over as Vice President, the number two position, in January 2013.