Clam­our for Rahul as Cong pres­i­dent grows within party

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The en­tire Con­gress has been wait­ing for this [change] and we are very happy that Rahul Gandhi is go­ing to be­come the party pres­i­dent. SHOBHA OZA, All In­dia Mahila Con­gress pres­i­dent

NEW DELHI: A re­newed clam­our to ap­point Rahul Gandhi as party pres­i­dent gripped the Con­gress on Wed­nes­day with its lead­ers an­tic­i­pat­ing an im­mi­nent or­gan­i­sa­tional reshuf­fle.

From Con­gress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh to its young MP Sush­mita Dev, a num­ber of lead­ers started bat­ting for Rahul’s el­e­va­tion even as there was no in­di­ca­tion when the reshuf­fle might take place. Any changes would hap­pen only after a Con­gress work­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing to be sched­uled shortly, sources said.

“So­nia Gandhi is a bril­liant leader. I have said that she (So­nia Gandhi) has been work­ing as party pres­i­dent for the last 20 years. If she feels that time has come to give it to a new gen­er­a­tion, then she should pass it on and we will fully sup­port Rahul,” said Singh, also the Pun­jab Con­gress chief.

All In­dia Mahila Con­gress pres­i­dent Shobha Oza said, “The en­tire Con­gress has been wait­ing for this (change) and we are very happy that Rahul Gandhi is go­ing to be­come the party pres­i­dent.”

Reel­ing un­der a series of elec­toral set­backs, the be­lea­guered party is look­ing for­ward to an or­gan­i­sa­tional reshuf­fle to boost its re­vival process.

“It must hap­pen. But we have no clue about any pos­si­ble date or time frame,” Rahul’s key aide K Raju said. Raju is chair­per­son of the sched­uled caste cell of the party and is in­volved in al­most every im­por­tant de­ci­sion­mak­ing process.

Even in the past, Con­gress lead­ers have en­thu­si­as­ti­cally spo­ken pub­licly about the need for such a change in favour of in­fu­sion of fresh blood, more power to Rahul, etc.

Singh clar­i­fied he had not spo­ken to So­nia Gandhi on the is­sue. “But what we are com­ing to know is that she is now feel­ing that the time has come for a new gen­er­a­tion, which ev­ery­one to­day is say­ing,” Singh told re­porters.

The BJP took the op­por­tu­nity to hit back at the Con­gress over dy­nas­tic pol­i­tics.

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