Time for Rahul Gandhi to take over as Congress chief: V Narayanasamy

The Puducherry Chief Minister also said there were no differences with Lt Governor Kiran Bedi.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 23, 2016 10:15 am
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Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy has said Rahul Gandhi has worked hard to strengthen Congress at the state level and time has come for him to take over as the party chief. His comments come close on the heels of senior Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi joining BJP attacking Rahul over the way he was running the party.

“If there will be any proposal to give the top post to Rahul, we will support it. He should take over as the party chief. Sonia ji has been our guardian and will always be,” Narayanasamy told PTI when asked if the time was ripe to hand over the baton to Rahul.

“Rahul has been working hard to strengthen the party at the central and state levels. Recently, he took out rallies in various parts of Uttar Pradesh. He has been meeting people across the country,” he said.

The Puducherry Chief Minister also said there were no differences with Lt Governor Kiran Bedi.

“There are no differences between me and the LG. The Constitution clearly spells out the rights of the LG and the Cabinet. We are working in accordance with the Constitution. There is no disagreement between us,” he said.

Replying to a question regarding surgical strikes, he said, “It is not the first time the Army carried out such action. It has happened under the UPA government. There should be no politics over such issues.”

He alleged that the Narendra Modi government was trying to take political mileage out of the military action.

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  1. Sankaran Gopalakrishnan
    Oct 23, 2016 at 6:52 am
    Narayanaswamy should concentrate his action to win the bye election at Nellithoppu to continue his Chief Minister seat instead of making Pappu as Party President.Pappu's mother will decide when to lay down her position.Still many frustrated leaders have to leave the party.
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      Laxman g
      Oct 24, 2016 at 6:31 am
      I guess Narayanaswamy is planning to shutdown Congress party completely. Pappu U better enjoy in Italy with the black money your family earned till now by looting India.
      1. R Vaidyanadhan
        Oct 23, 2016 at 6:12 am
        It is time the Congress thinks differently. See, the party is not the personal insution of Nehru family. It is high time they appoint a professional to head the party. I am sure with a lot of international experience Sashi Tharoor will be an ideal choice. If the party is run like companies like IT giants, we can surely expect a turn around.
        1. Partha Majumder
          Oct 23, 2016 at 5:18 am
          Better pappu take retirement from politics and enjoy his life with the wealth his family earned during long years of misrule.
          1. S
            Oct 23, 2016 at 5:37 am
            Lobbying within INC? All nationalist Indians welcome RAGA to take over. There should be a strong for collapsing INC.
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