Ready to take any responsibility in party, Rahul Gandhi tells colleagues
A day after Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeeep Singh Surjewala said an overwhelming majority of 99.9% leaders and workers wanted Rahul Gandhi to return as the party president, the issue echoed at a crucial meeting on Saturday with dissenters reiterating that they had no problem with him taking the reins of the organisation.
Addressing reporters after a meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to resolve the internal crisis, senior party functionary Pawan Kumar Bansal said no one in the party, including the dissenters, has any problem with Rahul Gandhi’s leadership.
“Everyone is of the view that the party needs Rahul Gandhi’s leadership. There was no criticism and everyone supported him,” he added.
A Congress functionary, asking not to be named, said the meeting saw senior leaders such as AK Antony, Ashok Gehlot, Harish Rawat, Ambika Soni, Ajay Maken and Bhakta Charan Das urging Rahul Gandhi to return to head the party and take back the resignation he gave on May 25 following the loss in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
But, the functionary added, Rahul Gandhi told the leaders that it is not about him becoming the party president but about rebuilding the institution and strengthening the party.
Rahul Gandhi said he was ready to accept whatever responsibility the party assigned him but urged them that it would not be appropriate to interfere in the ongoing electoral process.
When Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and his letter-writer colleagues talked about the old versus young divide in the party, Rahul Gandhi said he valued the seniors, many of whom were brought in by his father and colleagues of his mother.
Meanwhile, the Congress on Saturday appointed Ashok Arjunrao Jagtap as the new president of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC), the party said in a statement.