Rahul Gandhi, who returned from US after his mother Sonia Gandhi underwent surgery, was seen in command of the affairs of the Congress party. On Independence Day, he was present at the Congress headquarters attending the unfurling of the tri-colour by AICC treasurer Motilal Vora.
Later, Rahul Gandhi held a one-and-a-half-hour meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior leaders in Sonia’s office. He also had a series of meetings with senior party functionaries and cabinet ministers.
With Sonia Gandhi likely to remain indisposed for a prolonged period, Rahul Gandhi is now the de facto Congress President. Observers will feel, that once Sonia returns to India, Rahul will be officially elevated to the post of Working President.