Rahul Gandhi should take charge of the party, says Digvijay Singh
Calling it a general feeling of the congress workers, veteran Congress leader Digvijay Singh has called for Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to take over the reins of the party from his mother Sonia Gandhi.
In comments to the media Digvijaya said, "Congress has always encouraged younger people to lead the party so therefore now I think the time has come for Mr Rahul Gandhi should take charge."
During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi was the face of the entire campaign and yet congress saw the worst of it's defeats. It also lost in two of it's major states- Maharashtra and Haryana.
The congress party though has termed it his personal views and slammed his remarks, reports IBN Live.
According to the IBN Live report, Senior Congress leader Makhan Lal Fotedar said "Digvijaya Singh wants to become a leader himself." He added that when the party was in trouble, leaders like him take advantage of the situation for their own vested interests.
In another report by India Today, apart from Singh, several other senior party leaders which include Ahmed Patel, P Chidambaram, AK Antony, Sheila Dikshit, Ambika Soni, Ashok Gehlot, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Veerappa Moily, Mallikarjun Kharge, Oscar Fernandes and Mukul Wasnik in the past few weeks have had discussions with the Congress vice president, although it is not clear whether this was related in any way to him possibly taking charge of the party.
The scathing remark comes after Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi terming him a "leader of lies"
Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah over their frequent visits to the state lately, Gehlot claimed that they are doing so as the BJP is "being wiped out of Gujarat"
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had called state Congress leader Sachin Pilot a 'traitor; and said that he can never become the chief minister of the state