Veteran politician Mallikarjun Kharge will be the Congress’ first head from outside the Gandhi family in 24 years.
Five generations of the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty have been party presidents and it has given India three prime ministers.
But in 2014, Narendra Modi led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a decisive victory and his Hindu nationalist platform has gained more support since then.
Many have blamed Congress’ dependence on one family for its decline.
So can a non-Gandhi party leader take on Modi?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
KS Sabarinadhan – vice president of the Congress party’s youth wing in Kerala and a former member of the regional legislature
Sugata Srinivasaraju – columnist and author of a biography of former Indian prime minister HD Deve Gowda
Javed Ansari – journalist and political commentator