Former union minister, and Congress party leader, Jairam Ramesh, has received flack from the Congress party for his remarks that the time is up for Congress leaders over the age of 60.
Senior Congress leader, Anand Sharma, on Monday, told reporters at an official AICC briefing that Ramesh’s remarks were ‘frivolous’.
He went on to add that, “Many such statements do come, do not take them seriously” as no such decision could be reached without much deliberation by the Congress Working Committee, since they possess the authority to take the final call, on matters of such importance.
He also said that, the Congress party, in all it’s wisdom, has been open to leaders of all age groups, and no such restrictions have been implied.
Issues as important as this are throughly deliberated upon by the members of the Working Committee, and are not based on ‘frivolous communication’, Sharma added.
The senior leader’s remarks came after Jairam Ramesh, had on Sunday, suggested that Rahul Gandhi, who is set to take up the post of the Congress President, early next year, is looking to form a new team, which maybe restricted by an age bar, adding that leaders over the age of 60 will only be playing an ‘advisory role’.
He went on to compare Gandhi with PM Modi, by suggesting that, unlike the current PM, who did not ensure a smooth transition process for his senior leader like LK Advani, Yashwant Sinha, and Jaswant Singh, Rahul Gandhi will ensure a smooth transition process for senior members of the Congress Party.
“There is (will be) no bloodbath (when Rahul takes over).I don’t think Gandhi will treat the seniors the way Modi has treated the seniors. Modi has sent (L K) Advani), Murli Manohar Joshi, Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh…everybody to Siberia”, Ramesh said.