In Punjab Congress, many takers for Captain Amarinder Singh’s view

Singh had kicked up a storm with he said that Sonia alone could keep the Congress together.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Updated: April 15, 2015 12:52 am
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Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh’s view that Sonia Gandhi should continue as party president and Rahul Gandhi should not lead the party at this point is endorsed by several others leaders in Punjab.

On Monday, 32 MLAs and several ex-MLAs issued a statement supporting Singh, who has been slammed by president of the Punjab Congress unit Partap Singh Bajwa.

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Joginder Singh Panjgrain, Congress MLA from Faridkot, said, “The party is going through a phase of crisis. In this situation, Sonia should lead the party, she is a trusted leader. It is not that we do not want Rahul to be our president, but people trust Sonia more than anyone else.  Whatever Captain has said is absolutely correct.”

Singh had kicked up a storm with he said that Sonia alone could keep the Congress together.

“In 10 years, you cannot be the captain of the ship. Rahul needs more experience and needs to travel when he is back,” he had said.

Hardyal Kamboj, MLA from Rajpura, said, “Captain has always supported the Gandhi family and stood by them like a rock. He thought it through before coming out with that statement. When time comes, Rahul can be the president, but we are passing through a bad phase now. In this situation, it would be better if Sonia continues to be the leader.”

Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Randhawa said, “What wrong has Captain said?”

Others, too, backed Singh, but were circumspect in speaking against Rahul’s elevation.

Sultanpur Lodhi MLA Navtej Singh Cheema said Singh “has only opined that the time is not right for Rahul to be the leader”. He added, “We should hand him a strong party so that he does not fail.”

Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh said Singh, who has had a relationship with the Gandhis for long, was merely advising Rahul. Former MLA Rana echoed, “There is no bigger sympathiser of Rahul than Captain.”

Guruharsahai MLA Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi said Singh was only voicing his “personal feeling”. “What he wanted to convey was that there should be continuity in leadership. It is the prerogative of Sonia if she wants to hand over the leadership role to her son. We had a bad experience when Sitaram Kesri took over. The party did well only after Sonia took over,” he said.

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  1. A
    Apr 15, 2015 at 3:23 am
    Rahul is not fit to be leader. However the old Congress leaders who have got their sons and nephews inducted in the party,are getting cold feet. It's their 'birth right' to stay in power, what if Rahul wants to banish them for new blood? It's a matter of survival for them for keeping their privileges. When has ever any Indian leader retired gracefully on both sides of the political divide ? Everything in India has to be hereditary.
    1. S
      Apr 16, 2015 at 4:15 am
      thanks captain for your views, but you are a brave man you should fight for justice. you deserve to be the president of the congress party. fight for your right and take the party away from family rule. please do not be puppet of sonia family. you are far better than sonia and rahul etc.make it a real goodparty where any good leader can be president.please do not lick sonia,s back. brave people die for the truth and justice.