With a view to bringing in massive changes in the wake of its worst showing in the Lok Sabha polls last year, the resolution passed the Congress Working Committee puts to rest for the moment the speculation that had begun after the Congress vice president's return from a sabbatical earlier this year that he could be elevated any time this year.

Congress sources said that since the party was required to complete its organisational elections by this year-end, it now has to seek Election Commission's permission for postponing the exercise on the grounds that it needs additional time to bring in key amendments in the party Constitution.

The party will soon be informing the poll body about the decision of the CWC, Congress's apex policy-making body. Sonia Gandhi has the record of holding the longest tenure as Congress chief. She took over the party in early 1998. Her current term is expiring in December this year.

Upping the reservation for weaker sections -- SC, ST, OBC, minorities and women -- in party posts from 20 to 50 percent is a key proposal accepted by the CWC with Sonia Gandhi insisting that it was 'only through affirmative action that we will guarantee greater say in the working of our party to these sections of society'.

Through another amendment, the party has reduced the term of membership from five years to three years. This will necessitate organisational polls every three years and not five as was decided by the party in December, 2010, at their Burari session.

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