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Congress leaders discuss Rahul Gandhi exit crisis

Published : Jul 7, 2019, 6:09 am IST
Updated : Jul 7, 2019, 6:10 am IST

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has made it clear that he won’t be part of any process for selecting a next party chief.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (Photo: Twitter | @INCIndia)
 Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (Photo: Twitter | @INCIndia)

New Delhi: Senior Congress leaders went into a huddle on Saturday over the lingering leadership issue in the party, just days before a crucial meeting of the all-powerful Congress Working Committee (CWC) to narrow down on a successor to Rahul Gandhi as party chief.

Party leaders sans the Gandhi family met at the Congress war room at Gurdwara Rakabganj Road in central Delhi at 6 pm to discuss a strategy for picking a new party chief ahead of CWC’s meeting likely on July 10.

The leaders who attended the meeting included Ahmed Patel, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Mukul Wasnik, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Deepender Hooda, Mallikarjun Kharge , Anand Sharma and A.K. Antony.

It might be recalled that after releasing his resignation on Twitter, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has made it clear that he won’t be part of any process for selecting a next party chief.

The meeting of the top Congress leaders comes amid an interesting statement by Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh backing a “young leader to galvanise the Congress in the wake of Rahul Gandhi’s unfortunate resignation as party president”.

Pointing to the large and growing youth population in the country, the chief minister has urged the CWC to look for Mr Gandhi’s replacement in a charismatic gen-next leader, who can enthuse the people with his pan-India appeal and grassroots presence.

“The Congress needs young blood to galvanise its rank and file, and once again make it India’s preferred and only choice,” said Captain Amarinder Singh.

His statement assumes significance as names of senior leaders like Sushilkumar Shinde and Mallikarjun Kharge — both above 75 years — had been doing the rounds for a the party’s top post.

However, sources maintained that the race is still open to young leaders with Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot being one of the main contenders.

The appointment of Mr Pilot would also address the infighting in the desert state where he is perceived to be the archrival of chief minister Ashok Gehlot.

Tags: rahul gandhi, jyotiraditya scindia, congress working committee
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