As the leadership qualities of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi are severely criticised, even by his own partymen, an online plea on Change.org on March 4 called for a different leader to be the PM candidate in 2019.
The petition submitted by Paul Trivandrum, a resident of Thiruvananthapuram, has suggested that Shashi Tharoor be named as the UPA’s prime ministerial candidate in the next general polls scheduled for 2019.
The petition puts a question mark on Gandhi’s leadership qualities following a series of losses that the party faced under his leadership after 2014.
The petition in favour of the two-time MP from Thiruvananthapuram was signed by more than 9,000 people on March 14 morning.
A copy of the petition will be submitted to the Congress President, All India Congress Committee and the UPA.
Stating that the success of a democratic country requires a public interest based opposition led by a visionary leader, the petition said Tharoor, having worked at the UN in various positions for three decades, was well aware of national and international issues and could connect with both Indian citizens as well world leaders.
Apart from suffering a string of losses in recent years, the Congress has been reduced to 44 seats in 2014. Such was the position to which it was reduced, it did not even get the chair of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.