1. Rahul Gandhi to become Congress president next month? Veerappa Moily says he will be a game-changer: 10 points

Rahul Gandhi to become Congress president next month? Veerappa Moily says he will be a game-changer: 10 points

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.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 15, 2017 4:44 PM
rahul gandhi, rahul gandhi congress president sonia gandhi, rahul congress, rahul dynasty, narendra modi, congress, congress internal election Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi with former PM Manmohan Singh. (PTI File)

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.

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  1. H
    Sep 17, 2017 at 11:02 pm
    SARDAR SAROVAR DAM is a glaring example of political inefficiency, corruption, and incompetence since it took 60 years to complete it and the cost has increased ten times from 6400 crores to 60000 crores. The loss to the economy is unlimited and inaccessible. Congress was running this country and responsible for this huge loss to the country. Who is ultimate loser of this inefficiency and useless politicians? This fact must be carefully examined by people of this country who are voting to criminals, corrupt, illiterate, inexperienced and incompetent as MLAs and MPs. In such situation, even GOD cannot save this country from the monster and dishonest politicians who are utilizing resources of this country for self-development and dynasty politics. The govt must fix responsibility for this abnormal delay and recover losses.
    1. Abhay Keny
      Sep 16, 2017 at 6:19 am
      Death of Congress and Shoe lickers
      1. P
        Poda De
        Sep 16, 2017 at 4:16 am
        Q : Sir, How come Rahu is still not married ? A : Perhaps, Realising enough is enough, he may be putting stop to furthering dynasty !
        1. S
          Sep 16, 2017 at 2:03 am
          If this happens, it will be complete collapse of Congress... Till now he is partially responsible then he will be fully responsible... and will be equivalent to putting last nail in the coffin..
          1. V
            Sep 15, 2017 at 11:46 pm
            I urge congress to make Shiela Dik cheif minister of Bangalore and she should do same transformation of Bangalore as she did in Delhi. Development only can bring them back to power.
            1. Krish Ghosh
              Sep 15, 2017 at 11:31 pm
              Would be great to know about the other candidates running for the party president post election process.
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