To fill in the boots of Rahul Gandhi as the Congress chief, Jyotiraditya Scindia's posters have come up putting his name forward for the position.
The Congress workers in Bhopal have put up posters at the state office demanding the former MP from Madhya Pradesh's Guna to be made the national president, since the Gandhi scion vacated the seat on July 3.
On Sunday, Scindia announced on Twitter that he has quit as All India Congress Committees' General Secretary. He thanked Rahul Gandhi For the opportunity and serve the party. Even the Congress' former Mumbai chief Milind Deora issued his resignation saying that he was looking forward to playing a national role in Delhi, stirring speculations of their role in the race for the top post in the Congress party.
Around the time Scindia claims to have resigned, sources had said that Rahul Gandhi in a meeting with the Youth Congress was upset that no other senior leader had taken responsibility and resigned despite he himself quitting as party chief. Many senior leaders such as Kamal Nath soon gave statements saying they were responsible for the party's defeat. The Youth Congress, however, gave out a statement later saying that Gandhi did not make the statement in any of its meetings and that it was fake news.
Congress leaders, including Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, suggested for a young gun to take over as the Congress president. One faction in the party continued to favour an old guard who was a Gandhi family loyalist while other wanted young blood such as Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, or Sushmita Deb and Jitin Prasada to take over as Congress chief. Forty-eight-year-old Scindia and 41-year-old Sachin Pilot were, as per sources, the front runners. The Congress leaders who wanted a stop-gap leader to fill in till Gandhi family retains control of the party have backed away from the demand.
For the past few weeks, the drama in Congress has persisted following Rahul Gandhi's resignation as the party president. Congress Committees in several states stated downright opposition to Gandhi's resignation. But after he tweeted a four-page letter saying he quit as the party chief, there have been speculations about the next Congress face and a divide over the matter in the party.