Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor says that it is unfair on Sonia Gandhi to make her carry the burden of being the interim president of the Congress for so long.
The Congress, said Tharoor, must hasten the process of finding a full-term president to shed the image of a party accused of being “adrift and rudderless.”
Pushing for Rahul Gandhi, Tharoor said that the Congress scion has the “mettle, capability and aptitude to once again lead the party.” However, if he is reluctant, then the party should surely look for someone else.
“I certainly believe we should be clear about our leadership going forward. I welcomed Sonia ji’s appointment as interim president last year, but I do believe it’s unfair to her to expect her to carry this burden indefinitely,” Tharoor told the media in an interview.
The veteran leader also accused the media as dismissive for fueling the tirade against the Congress party labeling it incapable to prove as a credible national opposition.
He advises the party to expedite the process and elect a full-time president in a democratic process so that there is a structural revival of the Congress.
Talking about Sonia Gandhi, the former Union Minister said that she should be absolved of the unnecessary burden. “I certainly believe we should be clear about our leadership going forward. I welcomed Sonia ji’s appointment as interim president last year, but I do believe it’s unfair to her to expect her to carry this burden indefinitely,” Tharoor told the media.
Rahul Gandhi as Congress President
There is a growing cry within the party to recall Rahul Gandhi as the Congress president after he relinquished it in May 2019 taking responsibility for the party’s debacle in the General Elections.
On this, Tharoor said, “Of course, if Rahul Gandhi is ready to resume the leadership, all he has to do is to withdraw his resignation. He was elected to serve till December 2022 and can just pick up the reins again.”
It is only if Rahul himself disagrees and is disinterested in reclaiming the post of the Congress President, the party should look elsewhere. In recent times, there have been quite a few dissents, first in Madhya Pradesh—which toppled their government—and then in Rajasthan with Sachin Pilot revolting against the state leadership. Meanwhile, Congress has been regularly blaming the ruling BJP government of sabotage and horse-trading of MLAs wherever there is a government by the opposition.