Captain Amarinder Singh joins clamour for change in Congress leadership

Amarinder Singh in Amritsar.
Amarinder Singh in Amritsar.

Following a series of electoral defeats, a few Congress leaders have stood up and spoken openly that change in the party was a must if it is to survive.

Joining the bandwagon, Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh said it was the time for Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to step down and make way for vice president Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

“I have worked with Sonia since 1998. She is a good leader. She is 70 years old and time has come for a change in leadership and it is only fair on her part to handover the baton,” said Singh, who is also the party’s CM candidate for the Punjab Assembly polls due in 2017.

The question of handing over the baton came up after the recent assembly poll defeats in four states. Some Congress leaders, including Singh, have been seeking that Rahul takes over the party’s reins.

“Rahul also has had his share of experience in the past few years. Everyone is not a born leader, Rahul has emerged as a good listener. He is not one of those who says this is the way it’s done. He listens and then comes up with a solution. He is just like his father Rajiv Gandhi,” he said.

Even leaders Digvijaya Singh and Satyavrat Chaturvedi had expressed similar sentiments following the party’s rout in the recent polls.