Rahul Gandhi’s elevation to the top Congress post looks almost certain. He is likely to emerge the party’s choice for Congress president post in the internal organisational polls early next month, senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily hinted this in Hyderabad today, according to PTI. The report comes days after Rahul triggered a political storm with his remark on dynastic politics in India at UC Berkeley in the US.
“Actually most parties in India have that problem. So don’t give us stick because Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Stalin is a dynast. (Prem Kumar) Dhumal’s son is a dynast….Even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast. That is how India runs. Don’t get after me because that is how the entire country is running. By the way last I recall Ambani’s kids were running their business and that was also going in Infosys. That is what happens in India,” Rahul had said, adding, “But saying that, I do try to sort of change it in the Congress…”
Rahul’s statement was widely condemned by opposition parties, particularly the BJP. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday called it a “national disgrace.” In an interview to Times Now, Jaitley said, “Rahul Gandhi’s statement (on dynasty) is a national disgrace and an onslaught on the wisdom of the Indian people. It is about time the real potential of the Indian democracy is realised.”
Here are top 10 points you should know about Rahul’s elevation:
- PTI reported senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily as saying that Rahul Gandhi would like to emerge as the party president through an internal election process.
- Moily hinted that Rahul may assume the charge as early as next month.
- At UC Berkeley, Rahul had said he was “absolutely ready” to take up an executive responsibility if the party asked him to do so.
- According to Moily, Rahul’s elevation would be a game-changer for the Congress. “He (Rahul) should immediately take over as Congress president. That’s good for the party, good for the country,” Moily told PTI.
- “Everybody (in Congress) feels it is (his elevation) delayed. Now, he (Rahul) is waiting for organisation elections. He would like to emerge as the president of AICC only out of the election process,” he said.
Congress’ internal election process in states would be expectedly completed this month. This will be followed by the one at the AICC level. When asked if he expected Rahul to take over next month, Moily said, “Possibly yes”.
- On what needs to be done to boost the prospects of the Congress, he said, “Rahul Gandhi is doing it. We will have to address the issues in respect of each of the state because each state is different from the rest. So, that requires state-wise strategies not only for the coming state elections but also parliamentary polls in 2019.”
Watch Rahul Gandhi’s full speech at UC Berkeley
- Moily said Rahul has a “new approach and new method”. “…definitely very much rooted in the legacy of the Congress party. It (Rahul becoming Congress president) is a game-changer. Not only game-changer but also Congress is well-rooted in continuity and legacy… with Congress virtues, he has an attitude for change, and he will do that,” Moily said.
- What would Rahul do as Congress President? Moily said he has to “first thoroughly reshuffle the people who are in-charge of the states, reshuffle immediately within a time-frame, all the state-level organisations right from grass-roots levels. These things will have to be reorganised.”
- “Our policy at the national and state levels should be reoriented and published so that people think there is always an alternative to the present NDA government,” Moily said, adding Congress will win with absolute majority in upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections.
- Moily said BJP has failed to honour its election promises. Economy and exports have sharply declined. “They (NDA government) have failed miserably. This is the worst scenario. The myth of the present NDA government will explode during the Lok Sabha elections in 2019,” he said.