Yogi Adityanath slams Rahul Gandhi’s nomination for Congress president, says party has become burden on country

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New Delhi | Published: December 4, 2017 4:34:30 PM

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today slammed the Congress on the nomination of Rahul Gandhi for the next president.

Yogi adityanath, congress, rahul gandhi, rahul gandhi nomination as congress president, congress presidential electionCongress has become a burden on this nation. says Yogi Adityanath.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today slammed the Congress on the nomination of Rahul Gandhi for the next president saying that the party has become a burden for the nation. Speaking to reporters soon after the Congress vice president filed his nomination, the CM said, “Congress has become a burden on this nation, now would be good if after Rahul ji’s elevation once and for all this burden is removed.” His statement came even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi also slammed the Congress on the nomination saying, “I congratulate the Congress on their ‘Aurangzeb Raj.’ For us, the well being of the people matters and 125 crore Indians are our high command.”

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers, paving the way for a generational shift in the leadership of the party led by his mother Sonia Gandhi. He was accompanied by a number of Congress leaders including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, as he filed his papers. The 47-year-old is likely to emerge as the lone candidate, clearing the way for his elevation to the top post of the party, succeeding Sonia Gandhi, who has been the party president for close 19 years.

“Rahul ji has been the darling of the Congress…,” Manmohan Singh was quoted as telling reporters at the party headquarters.”Congress president Smt Sonia Gandhi has served the party and, through the Congress party, the country for the 19 years. This is yet another step in that direction. Rahul Gandhi will carry on the great traditions of the party,” he said.

The Congress vice president reached the Congress headquarters at 10.30 am today and filed his papers around half an hour later. There were five sets of nomination forms that were filed on his behalf by other Congress leaders, including members of the Congress Working Committee, party general secretaries, in-charge in a number states and chief ministers of Congress-ruled states.

Among those who proposed his name in the first set of nomination papers were Sonia Gandhi, Motilal Vora, Mohsina Kidwai, Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot, Kamal Nath, Sheila Dikshit, Mukul Wasnik, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy and Tarun Gogoi.

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