After reports that Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi may be elevated to the post of the party president, former Chhattisgarh CM and senior Congress leader Ajit Jogi on Thursday threatened to quit the Grand old party.
“My well wishers want me to quit Congress,” he told a TV news channel. According to reports, he might float his own party.
“I have been meeting a lot of people. As of now, I have personally met at least thousand supporters and they all have mounted pressure on me saying if we want to free Chhattisgarh from the rule of Raman Singh then I have to quit Congress, which is acting as the ‘B-Team’ for Raman Singh or otherwise he might win for the fourth time too,” said Jogi.
“So now, I think that if I have to win then there is only one way out that I have to lead a different political front. I would like to inculcate new and young faces in my party who would dedicatedly work for Chhattisgarh and help in ending the loot which is going on in the state,” he added.
Meanwhile, BJP leader and Union HRD minister Smriti Irani has taken a jibe at the Congress vice-president by saying “Rahul Gandhi being elevated as Congress president means ‘achhe din’ for us (BJP).”
With Gandhi being elevated as party’s president, AICC reshuffle has also been predicted on the cards.
Younger Congress aspirants are reportedly expected to get key positions in the party, where as the older party functionaries will be asked to step down.
However, difference in opinion in this regard seems to exist within the party.
According to reports, most of the Congress veterans are uncomfortable with what some described as the Rahul’s brusque and impatient style of functioning and wish for incumbent president Sonia Gandhi to steer the helm of the party for some more time.