Kamal Nath for changes in Congress

By: | Published: May 21, 2016 9:44 PM

Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath today joined the chorus for making major changes in the party in the wake of the poll debacle but favoured continuation of Sonia Gandhi as party chief saying the decision should be left on Rahul Gandhi as to when he wants to take over the reins.

Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath today joined the chorus for making major changes in the party in the wake of the poll debacle but favoured continuation of Sonia Gandhi as party chief saying the decision should be left on Rahul Gandhi as to when he wants to take over the reins.

The former Union minister ringfenced the Gandhis from any attack, insisting that defeat is “equally shared by all in the party”.

Advocating reshuffle in the AICC secretariat as also the Congress Working Committee and changes in state units, Nath insisted that “the top leadership of Congress needs no change”.

“Sonia Gandhi should continue as the party president and Rahul Gandhi should decide when to takeover as the party chief,” he told Karan Thapar on India Today.

He dismissed suggestions of dynastic rule in the party, saying Gandhis are democratically elected and it is not dynasty over democracy in Congress.

“Party has decided that Rahul Gandhi will be the next President,” Nath said.

“Gandhis will continue at the head of Congress as the party has elected Sonia and Rahul Gandhi as its president and vice president,” he further said, adding he stood “in full support of the party’s decision in this regard.”

He said that “people have voted for the Gandhis for decades.”

On Congress’ electoral setback in Assam, the former Union minister said he did not see it as BJP’s victory. “I don’t see it as BJP’s victory. BJP is trumpeting it for nothing”, he said, adding that “anti-incumbency and split in Congress” led to the loss of Assam.

Accusing BJP of “luring” Congress leaders in the state, he said Congress did not compromise on ideology, nor went for alliances.

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