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Sheila: Feeling of comfort with Sonia Gandhi as party chief

Dikshit said Rahul's leadership qualities have not been fully tested yet and it would be good for the party if Sonia continues to lead it.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 15, 2015 1:03:00 am
sheila dikshit, congress, rahul gandhi, sonia gandhi Dikshit said Rahul’s leadership qualities have not been fully tested yet and it would be good for the party if Sonia continues to lead it.

After former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit was quoted expressing “skepticism” over Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as party president, Dikshit clarified and said that she had been “misquoted”.

In an interview to PTI, Dikshit said “I will not be able to give any idea what will happen or what will not happen. He (Rahul) could succeed. There is another point we must understand that the overpowering and very successful leadership of Mrs Sonia Gandhi is there. So there is a comfort feeling with her.”

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PTI also reported that Dikshit had said that Rahul’s leaderships had not been fully tested and it would be good for the party is Sonia Gandhi continues to lead it. “I am yet to meet anybody who has any critical remarks to make about the leadership of Sonia Gandhi. I can say it with absolute confidence.

Whereas (in case of) Rahul, of course, there is a question mark, there is skepticism because you have not seen him perform as yet,” Dikshit said.

However, later in an interview to NDTV, Dikshit denied Rahul Gandhi’s criticism and said she was misquoted by PTI.

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The 77-year-old veteran said under Sonia Gandhi there was a “comfort feeling” and that the party could rely on the incumbent president’s “overpowering and very successful” leadership for its revival.

While speaking to The Indian Express, Dikshit said, “All I had said was that with Mrs Gandhi, there is a great comfort feeling within the party. She’s reached a stature where she can bring the opposition together on the issue of land acquisition. I spoke about how hard she had worked to reach that stature, but how can I comment on Rahul Gandhi’s leadership of the party. I am not an astrologer. I have been misquoted. After the news broke, I immediately called up PTI and clarified. I also spoke to TV channels regarding what I had said.”



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