Rahul Gandhi will take over as Congress president this year: Jairam Ramesh

The Congress, he said, was looking up to Rahul's leadership to overcome its worst-ever defeat in general elections last year.

By P.s. Jayaram

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Published: Thu 21 May 2015, 11:57 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:22 PM

Hyderabad: The new avatar of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, that of being an aggressive, pro-poor and pro-farmer leader, may just be the curtain-raiser act for his ultimate coronation as the party president sooner than later. This has been virtually confirmed by senior Congress leader and former union minister Jairam Ramesh who declared on Wednesday that it was “reasonable to assume” that Rahul will take over the mantle of the party leadership this year.

Ramesh, who is in Hyderabad to highlight the “failures” of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, told the media that the 56-day recent sabbatical that Rahul had taken, had provided him the Sanjeevini (nectar) to evolve himself. “Rahul has emerged as a new human being after the sabbatical and he is able to communicate and participate in party activities more effectively now,” the former minister said. He, however, hastened to add that one should not jump to conclusions that the change in leadership would happen immediately, but can take place during the year.

The Congress, he said, was looking up to Rahul’s leadership to overcome its worst-ever defeat in general elections last year, including in five state assemblies, and rediscover its strengths. Stating that the struggle over the amendments to the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, had given the party the much-needed shot in the arm for achieving the objective, he said the Congress’ opposition to amendments was not political, but principled.

Ramesh, stating that the Congress will do all it can to defeat the BJP in the ensuing Bihar Assembly elections, said a clear picture on the political alignments in Bihar with the fundamental objective of mobilising secular forces against the BJP will emerge in the next few weeks. He also condemned PM Narendra Modi for criticising his political opponents during his foreign tours.


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