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Sonia Gandhi is what keeps Congress united: Venkaiah Naidu

Replying to questions about Rahul Gandhi's elevation, he said the Congress vice president was already practically running the party.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: May 22, 2016 12:43 pm
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Amid continued speculation about Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as Congress president, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said Sonia Gandhi was the ‘unifying factor’ without whom the party would have ‘disintegrated’.

“Leader(ship) is their internal affair. I can only say this much. It is because of Soniaji that Congress is united. Otherwise it would have got disintegrated. This is my view although I do not approve of dynasty,” Naidu said.

“Dynasty is nasty in democracy but it is tasty to some people particularly Congress and its supporters. But the reality has to be accepted. Sonia is the unifying factor for Congress party,” the Parliamentary affairs minister told PTI in an interview.

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Referring to the outcome of assembly polls in four states and the Union Territory of Puducherry, Naidu, however, said “But as a leader her leadership has not succeeded. You have seen that.”

About Sonia Gandhi’s call for introspection following the defeat, he said, “That’s not our concern, it is left to them, they should introspect. It is not a question of policy. It is a question of approach. They should re-orient their approach and policies and then conduct (themselves) in a better manner.

Replying to questions about Rahul Gandhi’s elevation, he said the Congress vice president was already practically running the party.

“There is no doubt about it. What is the problem if he gets a bigger role or becomes president of the party or becomes the Leader of Opposition also or the Leader of Congress Party in Parliament also. There is no problem.

“He (Rahul) has been at the helm of affairs, to my knowledge, for the last 12 years. The then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wanted to bring an ordinance. He tore it off and threw it away and his words prevailed. If they want to make him leader, best of luck to them. I have no problem. After all, he is youngster,” he said.

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  1. D
    May 22, 2016 at 8:10 am
    So you Congress Indian have no brains that's why you are saying Sonia keeps Congress together brainless thwarts.
    1. A
      May 22, 2016 at 10:18 am
      Let AAP manage itself first! Look at the situation of water and electricity in Delhi! CM is not coming out of rhetorics! In next election Arvind Kejriwal will be the et of BJP. He has already criticizing Narendra Modi for every wrong thing that is happening because of AAP's bad policy.this was the conduct of Rahul in 2014!
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        Ajay Singh
        May 22, 2016 at 8:05 am
        If Sonia is all that keeps the Congress together the the Party has pretty much had it ... few will weep at its demise but the question is who will provide a credible opposition to counter-balance the BJP, necessary to maintain a balance and ensure the long-term political health of the nation.
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          ak dev
          May 22, 2016 at 10:45 am
          Why waste time on discussing Congress that is already on death bed.
          1. P
            May 22, 2016 at 8:24 am
            Rahul hi is running party while feeding dogs in political discussions... he thinks he can keep congressman like dogs like feeding dogs and improving his skills in feeding dogs......I don't think he treats congress leaders better than dogs....is my opinion...
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