The appointment of senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi as interim president indicates that the Grand Old Party has not learnt any lessons from its defeat in the Lok Sabha elections even as dynasty politics were rejected by the voters, senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chauhan said on Sunday.
“Congress is not willing to learn. It is surprising that the Congress Working Committee (CWC) still wants Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to lead the party,” the BJP vice-president told reporters in Bhubaneshwar.
The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said that political parties governed by dynasty, family and caste politics were rejected everywhere, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, in the general elections. The people of West Bengal have also rejected the politics of appeasement and opted for nationalism and development, he added.
The senior BJP leader also highlighted the need for Congress to select a leader through a “democratic process”. Congress should choose a leader through a democratic process and if it fails to do so, no one can save the party, Chauhan claimed.
In a resolution, the CWC on Saturday appointed Sonia Gandhi the interim party chief till the AICC elects a regular president.
The decision, in what seemed to be a well-choreographed move, came after the CWC held a meeting for about 12 hours but failed to arrive at a consensus on picking a non-Gandhi successor to Rahul, who was adamant on quitting. He had resigned as chief in May after the party’s disastrous performance in the Lok Sabha polls.
Sonia on Saturday was appointed interim president until organisational elections are held to pick a new chief but the party did not announce a timeline to hold such internal elections. The CWC did not discuss the issue, sources said. Her first challenge will be Assembly elections in Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Haryana due in November. Sonia had made way for Rahul as Congress president in December 2017 after helming the party for nearly two decades.