“This is the graciousness of the Gandhi family… they don’t hanker after power. Sonia Gandhi refused to become Prime Minister in 1991 and then in 2004 and Rahul Gandhi declined the offer during UPA-II,” Gohil stated at a press convention on Wednesday.
Rahul had additionally stated that the occasion ought to elect a President from outdoors the Gandhi household. However, Sonia Gandhi was appointed as the interim President of the Congress in August last year.
After Sonia Gandhi completed a year, there is a demand in the party that there should be election for the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and a permanent party head be appointed.
The Congress on August 11 had hinted that Rahul Gandhi may not be reluctant to take over as the party president in the near future even as it credited him with resolving the Rajasthan crisis.
Now, Priyanks’s statement has come to light. The claim has been made in a book . ‘India Tomorrow: Conversations with the Next Generation of Political Leaders’ written by Pradeep Chibber and Harsh Shah.
“If there were to be another party President, he would be my boss. If he tells me tomorrow that he doesn’t want me in Uttar Pradesh but wants me to be in Andaman and Nicobar (Islands), then I would jolly well go to Andaman and Nicobar,” she had stated, as per the e book.
While the book claimed that Priyanka Gandhi during her interview said that she fully is in consent with Rahul when he says a non-Gandhi should be appointed the Congress president. “I think that the party should find its own path also,” Priyanka said.
One day later, Sanjay Jha who was recently sacked as the Congress spokesperson, tweeted,
However, sources in the party said that this interview was given last year just after Rahul Gandhi had resigned but the situation is different now.
An issue was raised by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs in July to bring back Rahul when Sonia Gandhi as interim party chief completed one year in office.
The Congress also gave full credit to Rahul Gandhi for the resolution of the Rajasthan turmoil. The party underlined that it was his ability to bring together opposing Congress factions.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “I don’t think either I or you or any of us have recently spoken to him (Rahul Gandhi) on the issue.” He insisted that the reason for Rahul’s resignation last year was on “moral grounds”, taking responsibility for the party’s defeat in the General Election.
“I don’t want to comment on the future, I am certain good things will happen,” added Surjewala, hinting that Rahul is not reluctant to take over as the party president.
The Congress leader said that all the Congress workers want Rahul as head of the party not because he is Rahul Gandhi, but for the way he has shown “courage” to take on the Modi government.