On the eve of the crucial meeting between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and a group of leaders who had been demanding reforms in the party, the Congress on Friday asserted that 99.99 per cent of leaders and workers believe that Rahul Gandhi is the right person to lead the party.
Stating that the next party president will be chosen by the electoral college comprising AICC members, Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said at an AICC press meet, “It is my belief and the belief of the overwhelming majority, 99.99 per cent of the Congress leaders and workers that Rahul Gandhi is the right person to lead the Congress party and to take on the Modi government.”
“Yes the election of the Congress president will be held as per the electoral college…but we certainly feel and many people like me feel that Rahul Gandhi should lead the Congress party from the front. The final call will be his,” he said.
As for Saturday’s meeting, he said there is no dissension in the party.
“This is not a meet of any specific group of leaders. This is not a meet of any dissenters or rebels because we consider each leader, each worker of the Congress party as part of the family. And addressing the issues raised by some of the senior leaders, friends and colleagues, the Congress party had already decided to hold the election for the post of president of the Congress. That process is currently underway.”