The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Saturday passed a resolution requesting Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to take over as party president, thus paving way for a possible confrontation between Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 General Election.
According to CNN-News18, DPCC members met Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Saturday. It is also the first state committee to pass a resolution asking for Gandhi to be made the Congress chief.
Gandhi is currently at a rally in Himachal Pradesh's Bilaspur to launch the Congress' election campaign from Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh's stronghold of Mandi. "If India is facing any crisis right now, it is that of unemployment," said Gandhi on Saturday, as per ANI.
He has also been consistently vocal in his criticism of Modi and the BJP-led government at the Centre. On Friday, Gandhi took a swipe at Modi and asked him to explain reports of road construction activity by China in Doka La if he was done "thumping" his chest. "Modiji, once you're done thumping your chest, could you please explain this?" Gandhi tweeted.
On 4 October, Gandhi said Modi must stop wasting time and start providing employment to the youth as promised while addressing a farmers' rally in his Lok Sabha constituency, Amethi. He also said that if Modi cannot address main issues concerning farmers and youth, he should say so. Gandhi recalled how Modi had "ridiculed" the rural job scheme, MGNREGA, which was a Congress brainchild.
"But Modi realised later what MGNREGA meant for the common man and he began praising it. The Congress initiates programmes after consulting common people, taking their suggestions," he said.
The Congress vice-president has also repeatedly criticised demonetisation and GST. He said the "wrong implementation" of the GST has caused several hardships to small traders and narrated how a shopkeeper, who also sells a mixture of dry fruits in small packets, told him he was in a quandary.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Oct 08, 2017 08:30 AM