Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Clamour for Rahul’s return as Congress president - AK Antony joins the chorus

Harish Gupta (National Editor, Lokmat Group)
New Delhi, July 11

In a surprise development, senior-most Congress leader A K Antony today joined the chorus to make Rahul Gandhi as party president again.

At a specially convened meeting of the party MPs this morning by “Interim” Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the family’s trusted loyalist surprised MPs when he vociferously urged that its time for Rahul Gandhi to take the reins of the party again.

They included Kerala MPs Kodikunnil Suresh (Kerala), Manickam Tagore (Tamil Nadu), Gaurav Gogoi, and Abdul Khaleque (Assam), Mohammad Jawed (Bihar) and Saptagiri Sankar Ulaka (Odisha) strongly pitched for Rahul’s return.

Rahul Gandhi, who represents Wayanad in Kerala and was present at the meeting. But this time, he did not react at all to this renewed demand contrary to earlier occasions. On all previous occasions Rahul Gandhi used to brush these demands aside. But this time, he looked the other way and did not speak a word on the issue.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and other leaders had made similar demands for Rahul Gandhi's return to the post at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting last month.

Rahul Gandhi had abruptly resigned as party chief after Congress debacle in 2019 Lok Sabha elections and Sonia Gandhi was elected as interim chief on August 10 last year.

The CWC is expected to meet soon and may formally bring a resolution in this regard, sources say.