Days after stepping down as Congress General Secretary, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, on Thursday, has pushed for a new, young and energetic leader to succeed Rahul Gandhi as party president. He said that immediate revival of the Congress is important and a young leader must lead the party on the pathway shown by the previous party president Rahul Gandhi.
"I have already said that at present we must make the Congress party strong. A serious situation has arisen after Rahul Gandhi's decision to resign as party president. At such a time the entire Congress party must come together and decide unanimously. For sure there is a need for a young and energetic party president who will be able to take all Congress workers together and can communicate the energy throughout the country. The path shown by Rahul Ji, I feel we should all follow the same ideology and win the trust of the country again," said the former Guna MP.
The call for a young party president was first supported by Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh who urged the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to find generation next leader as Gandhi's successor. He has said that "Rahul had shown the way for youth leaders to take the party’s reins and steer it to greater heights," said the Chief Minister.
Similarly, Veteran Congress leaders Karan Singh and Janardan Dwivedi have come out in support of a young Congress president over the old guard adding that if a decision was not taken immediately, the party would disintegrate.
Sources have reported that names of the probable candidates to take up the post of interim-president will be shortly submitted to Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal adding that the Congress Working Committee meet to decide the next Congress president will take place only after the resolution of the Karnataka crisis.
Meanwhile, amid the dilemma within Congress over the appointment of a new party chief following the dramatic resignation of Rahul Gandhi from the post, while Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh called for a young leader, some of the old guard comprising of P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot have been skeptical to choose a young leader preferring a 'Gandhi loyalist' to take over as the party president.
Following this call by Singh, General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia took to Twitter and announced his resignation from the post taking responsibility for the Lok Sabha loss. Similarly, Congress Mumbai chief Milind Deora also issued his resignation saying that he was looking forward to playing a national role in Delhi, stirring speculations over his entry in the race for the top post of the president of the Congress party. 48-year-old Jyotiraditya Scindia and 41-year-old Sachin Pilot are the front runners for the post, as per sources.