Rahul firm on his stand others reluctant to carry the baton

first_imgNew Delhi: With Rahul Gandhi sticking to his stand, the speculation over his continuation as party chief is over. Making it clear, Rahul said that he would not be involved in the process of the selection of the new party chief and it’s his party that will decide on who his successor will be and not him.However, as per party insiders, senior party leaders are still reluctant to carry the baton forward. “The names of some of the senior leaders such as Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Anand Sharma, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Sachin Pilot are doing the rounds, but it will take some time to get the issue resolved as most of the leaders are ‘refusing’ to head the party,” the party insiders said. Explaining the reasons behind their reluctance, the party insider said, “The prime reason is acceptability as the Gandhi family is easily acceptable while the same is not the case with any other Congress leader. Given the party’s present condition, the other major factor is Congress’s acceptability as a whole that is worrying party veterans to take the coveted responsibility.” Since Rahul Gandhi has made up his mind to quit the post, the party would finalise its president with the consent of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and others soon. Rejecting the reports on Gehlot’s selection to lead the party, Rahul Gandhi said, “I am not the one who will appoint the party president and no such thing has happened.” Responding to a question about Rafale finding a mention in President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament, he said, “I maintain my stand that there has been theft in the Rafale jet deal.” Gandhi has been maintaining that there has been corruption in the Rafale deal and that there should be a thorough probe into the deal. The grouse against the Congress became shriller after the party’s rout in general elections. It’s was for the second time in a row that the party got decimated and won only 52 seats — eight seats more than the seats the party had won in 2014 elections. The loss of Gandhi family’s bastion, Amethi seat proved a major setback for Rahul Gandhi, who took 100 per cent responsibility for the party’s failure and told the 52-member Congress Working Committee that he would like to quit as its top boss. However, Congress refused to accept Gandhi’s decision. The Congress has a history of Gandhis holding the top post and there are only a few instances when non-Gandhi leaders were given the task to lead the party, but it didn’t work well.last_img