Even as he demanded that Rahul Gandhi should be given a decisive responsibility in the party and should play a larger role,Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh maintained today that Sonia Gandhi will lead the party in the 2014 general elections.
Finally,the time has come for him to assume a larger role. He has been confining himself to the Youth Congress and the NSUI. He should come in the mainstream of the party, said Singh.
On Sunday,Singh had stated that Rahul should play a more proactive role by September. Replying to a query today on who would would lead the Congress in the 2014 elections,Singh replied,Sonia Gandhi,adding that a larger role (for Rahul) does not mean presidentship of the party.
Congress sources,however,said there is no decision yet on Rahuls next role. A section of party leaders have been demanding Rahuls appointment as working president or vice-president of the party but the Amethi MP has not shown any keenness so far,said sources. Ahead of the organisational reshuffle in March last year,he was offered the post of party vice-president but he declined it,added these sources.
While the party has not had any working president after Kamlapati Tripathi,who was appointed by the late Indira Gandhi,there have been two Congress vice-presidents Arjun Singh who was appointed by Rajiv Gandhi,and Jitendra Prasada who was appointed by Sitaram Kesri.
Rahuls close associates said that although he has not shown any indication of giving up charge of the Youth Congress,he has been increasingly involving himself in party affairs. During his recent visits to Karnataka,Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh,although he addressed Youth Congress and NSUI meetings,he also made it a point to hold meetings of the PCC,district unit and block Congress office-bearers. He has also been interacting more with party MPs and MLAs, said a party leader.