Confidence in Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s leadership qualities has dipped to such a low that party leaders are now openly venting their frustration. Youth Congress Vice-President CR Mahesh on March 21 said Rahul should make way for other leaders if he wasn’t interested in leading the party.
Posting this on his Facebook page, Mahesh said Rahul must take a decision soon, as the grand old party as it is was having a bad time.
It was quite unfortunate that the Congress in Kerala was without a president for the last two weeks, he added. It is a pity that the party’s top brass is watching from the sidelines the feud going on in the KSU, he said. KSU is a student wing of the Congress.
Rahul’s leadership qualities were also questioned by senior Congress leaders. While party leader Digvijaya Singh said Rahul was not acting decisively, another leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi questioned Rahul’s leadership following the party’s humiliating defeat in UP. He is considered close to party chief Sonia Gandhi.
Congress’ general secretary in Uttar Pradesh Umesh Pandit said Priyanka must be elevated, while Rahul must be held accountable for the party’s drubbing in UP assembly polls.
Urging former Defence Minister AK Antony to break his silence on the goings on in the party, Mahesh said, “We will die to see that the Congress stays alive, but it should be ensured that merit is given due credit.”
Meanwhile, engineering student Vishal Diwan has approached the Guinness Book of World Records and requested them to enlist Rahul’s name for losing as many as 27 elections in the country.
“I had taken this initiative as Rahul has no recognition apart from the fact that he is a part of the Gandhi family. So my effort is to fetch some fame for him.”