The Congress has to elect a new president by December 31 and it is unlikely to be the party's current vice president Rahul Gandhi. A request which has come from the first family of the Congress to elevate Rahul as the chief, replacing his mother, Sonia, is in doubt.
There are many within the Congress who feel that Rahul, after his poor showing the elections should be made the Congress president as yet. There are a few in the party such as A K Antony and Digivijaya Singh who continue to back Rahul's elevation, but a good number within the party want the decision put on hold.
Many within the Congress feel that Sonia must continue as the chief. However, the family has been saying that the time to elevate Rahul is right now, owing to Sonia's health conditions. However, others in the party feel that he has not been able to get the job done and the poor showing the recently held elections in Uttar Pradesh is a testimony of the same.
The other options before the Congress would be to let Sonia remain the chief and then build a strong team around Rahul. These members also feel that the likes of Singh and others must be moved out and way should be made for younger members in the party.
There is already a rebellion within the party against the likes of Singh who has been blamed for not seizing the initiative and forming the government in Goa despite the party emerging as the single largest party. The BJP managed to seize the opportunity from the Congress, despite Singh camping in Goa after the elections were concluded.
The Congress meanwhile, has asked its state units to complete their membership drive by May 15. After that, elections of officer-bearers for states and the All India Congress Committee will be completed between August and September.