After futile efforts to placate Rahul Gandhi and make him withdraw his resignation, the Congress is readying itself for post-Gandhi phase. A host of leaders made a beeline to reach out to him on Tuesday too, but Gandhi reiterated his position and communicated the same. His sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, is also supporting his move.
As reported by the BusinessLine the CWC may meet again soon to discuss the possibilities for finding a replacement for Rahul Gandhi.
A senior leader told that during the meeting they were stunned over Priyanka Gandhi remark who said Congress ke hathyare (those who murdered the Congress) are sitting in this room. She suggested that the replacement for Rahul Gandhi can be found within one or two months so that the BJP does not take an advantage of the situation.
Two options were said to be discussed on replacements. Number one, if Rahul Gandhi is not ready to give one more month for the party, senior leaders such as AK Antony or Ghulam Nabi Azad could be assigned the post. Number two, if he is willing to continue, the party can appoint one or two working presidents or form a panel of people to look at the routine organisational duties.
The report added that another source in the CWC said Rahul feels that the structure of the Congress has become like a fossil and it will be difficult for him to move it in the fight against the RSS-led Sangh Parivar.
Specifically naming leaders such as Ashok Gehlot, Kamal Nath and P Chidambaram in the meeting, Rahul Gandhi said they were more keen on the victory of their children than the fight against the BJP. The Congress President felt let down by his colleagues on Rafale deal too, as he led the campaign alone.
Meanwhile, apart from Congress leaders, several alliance partners and leaders of other parties, like DMK’s MK Stalin, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Lalu Prasad Yadav and actor Rajnikant urged Rahul to continue in the post.