Updated: June 2, 2016 7:42:41 pm
As the Congress failed to revive its fortunes in the recently-held Assembly elections, reports of Rahul Gandhi taking over as president of the party started doing the rounds. Reacting to these reports, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said the Congress should elevate Rahul Gandhi to the party’s top post instead of “planting stories” about his “imminent elevation”.
He wrote on microblogging site Twitter, “Isn’t Congress fed up of planting ‘Rahul’s imminent elevation’ stories? Been reading them for years now. Just do it and let him get on.”
Isn’t the Congress fed up of planting “Rahul’s imminent elevation” stories”? Been reading them for years now. Just do it & let him get on.
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) June 2, 2016
The BJP was also quick to react. “We are hearing news that Rahul Gandhi would be made the Congress president, it is their internal matter. But till yesterday Sonia Gandhi was referring to Prime Minister Modi as a ‘shahenshah’ and today we are hearing the news of her shehzada’s (prince) coronation. The entire nation now is watching what the ‘shahenshaiyat’ (dynastic politics) actually is,” said Sambit Parta, BJP spokesperson.
On Wednesday, Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh had said in Chandigarh that the time is right for Rahul to take over the mantle of the party from his mother and also favoured Priyanka’s entry into active politics. “Sonia is a brilliant leader. I have said she has been working (as Congress chief) for the past 20 years. If she feels time has come to give it to a new generation, then she should pass it on and we will fully support Rahul,” he said.
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