Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is likely to contest an internal election within his party to elect its next chief.
Sources in the Congress told on Tuesday that the 44-year-old son of current chief, Sonia Gandhi, has decided to make his impending anointment more acceptable and broad-based by asking the party to hold a poll.
Rahul’s experiments with internal democracy within his party have not gone down well earlier. He had held contests for Congress tickets during the Lok Sabha elections last year, a step panned widely for its tokenism.
The Congress vice-president is in Kerala on Tuesday where he will address a Youth Congress rally in Calicut to take on the Narendra Modi government as it celebrates its first year in power. After a controversial 56-day sabbatical, Rahul made a comeback last month and since then has led the opposition charge in Parliament and outside.