The current term of Sonia, who has been at the helm for 18 years, is expiring in December, sources in the party said. Party sources said Rahul Gandhi, who was elevated as vice president in January 2013, was not yet ready to take charge. There was also the talk that any change in the leadership before the Bihar elections could prove counterproductive.
Following Rahul's return from a sabbatical a few months back the party was abuzz with talks about his likely elevation to the top post. However, the Congress' central election authority had abruptly cancelled the election of the Congress president scheduled sometime in September-October.
A senior leader said a proposal for extending Sonia's term by a year would be moved at the meeting of the CWC, the party's highest decision making body, and adopted.
The schedule for holding the next organisational elections, which could see Rahul's elevation as Congress president, may be set in motion anytime next year.

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