Amarinder Singh backs Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for post of Congress president, says she is 'perfect choice' for job

  • Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday said that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be a perfect choice to take over as the Congress president

  • The chief minister regretted the decision of Rahul Gandhi to step down from the top party post

  • In response to another question, the chief minister described the events relating to Unnao rape victim as 'shocking'

Chandigarh: Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday said that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be a perfect choice to take over as Congress president.

 Amarinder Singh backs Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for post of Congress president, says she is perfect choice for job

File image of Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh. AFP

"Priyanka will be a perfect choice to take over the party reins but it all depends on the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which alone is authorised to make a decision in the matter," said Captain Amarinder.

Speaking to journalists, the chief minister regretted the decision of Rahul Gandhi to step down from the top party post. "Given Rahul's refusal to take back his resignation, Priyanka is a good bet to replace him as the new leader," said the chief minister.

He also expressed the confidence that she would easily get the support of the party's rank and file from across the regions. He said that India is a young nation, and will respond to a young leader.

It may be recalled that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder had supported the choice of a young leader earlier as well. "With the majority of India's population now comprising youth, only a youth leader can connect with the people and resonate with their aspirations," he had said.

In response to another question, the chief minister described the events relating to Unnao rape victim as "shocking". "Are we living in jungle raj? If we cannot protect our daughters and give them justice, then we are doomed as a nation," he said.

Updated Date: Jul 29, 2019 17:44:32 IST