Priyanka Gandhi again reiterates what his brother Rahul Gandhi said while resigning from Congress President’s post last year – A non-Gandhi should lead the Congress party.
In an interview in book India Tomorrow: Conversations with the Next Generation of Political Leaders, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also says she has no qualms about working under such a president.
She has also insisted that a party president, even if not from the Gandhi family, would be her ‘boss’. “If he (party president) tells me tomorrow that he doesn’t want me in Uttar Pradesh but wants me to be in Andaman and Nicobar, then I would jolly well go to Andaman and Nicobar,” Vadra has been quoted as saying.
This comes even as the Congress party yet again failed to find a replacement for the ageing Sonia Gandhi who has been the party’s interim President since August last year. After the then Congress President Rahul Gandhi resigned following the second biggest Lok Sabha poll defeat in Congress’s history, Sonia Gandhi had to takeover. However, this was meant to be a stop-gap arrangement. Last week the Congress party cleared that Sonia Gandhi will continue leading the party for some more time until the process of electing a new president is completed.
With just 52 seats in the Lok Sabha and having direct power in just four large states – Punjab, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh, the grand old party has been struggling to pose a credible challenge to Modi-Shah’s hegemony.
Although Rahul Gandhi has been proactive in attacking BJP & Modi on the issues of Chinese incursions, COVID-19 mismanagement and over alleged attempts to weakening India’s democracy. Priyanka Gandhi too has been taking on the Yogi government for increasing crime rate in Uttar Pradesh. However, both have made it clear that they are not interested in occupying the party President’s post.