BJP senior leader Himanta Biswa Sarma amid the CWC meeting and turbulence over Congress president Rahul Gandhi's party presidency stated that a constructive Opposition in the Parliament will not be seen in the presence of the Gandhi scion.
In an interaction with the media, the Sarma claimed that it will be beneficial for the BJP if Rahul Gandhi holds his post as the AICC president.
He said, "I think if Rahul Gandhi continues as a president of All India Congress Committee, surely it will be helpful for BJP but at the same time you have to look for the overall democracy you need a Opposition because BJP believes that in our Parliament there should be space for Opposition, then there is a possibility that in days to come that there is a vibrant Opposition to emerge in the Parliament."
Furthermore stating that there is a need for an in the Parliament to critise the government where needed, however, in the presence of Rahul Gandhi that will not be seen even in the 'next 50 years'
He said, "But if Rahul Gandhi continues then there is no hope for Opposition. So if I look from BJP's point of view and not India's point of view, then we wish that Rahul Gandhi should continue as the president at least for the next 50 years, but if we look from the point of view of the country we need a vibrant democracy so we wish that let an Opposition emerge who actually criticise the government where it needs to be criticised. A constuctive Opposition is needed in the Parliament, but with Rahul Gandhi you will not see that in next 50 years."
As per inputs, Rahul Gandhi is insistent on his decision to step down as Congress party president. At the previous CWC meeting, his resignation offer was rejected as the party instead allegedly unanimously asked him to remain and guide them, and even bestowed upon him full authority to overhaul the party.
Sources have informed Republic of factions within the Congress not being satisfied with the party's decision to not effect a change at the top after the poll debacle, which saw the Congress effectively being whitewashed in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh - two states where they had only recently formed governments, and Rahul Gandhi also losing his Amethi bastion to Smriti Irani.
As per Congress insiders, AK Antony and Sachin Pilot are among those whose names are being strongly touted, whereas Prithviraj Chavan is considered a dark horse in the race.