On December 27, Rahul took to Twitter to announce that he will be travelling to Europe for a 'few days', the first time that he has gone public about a trip abroad.

Sources in the party say that the Congress Vice President could be back any time after January 8 following which a meeting of Congress Working Committee may also happen.

The leader felt that the elevation of Gandhi should be happening 'sooner than later' but refused to attach a time line.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had responded by saying 'ask him' when reporters queried her on Rahul's elevation as president in the party some days back at a Foundation Day function.

Senior party leader Digvijay Singh had said a few months back that the grassroot Congress workers wanted the elevation to happen soon but the decision can be taken only by the Congress president.

The party, however, later indicated that the Congress vice president could be given the responsibility even earlier and the one year extension is only the upper limit for completing internal polls. Sonia's latest term comes to an end in December this year.

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