Congress leaders on Tuesday jostled to give credit to Rahul Gandhi in ending therebellion in its Rajasthan unitthat threatened the survival of its government, and urged him to once again assume the reins of the organisation.
The renewed bid to persuade Rahul Gandhi to accept the responsibility came a day after Sonia Gandhi completed one year as an interim Congress president on Monday.
“The entire country witnessed as to how after 30 days now the political events in Rajasthan have come to a close. This was made possible on account of the vision and the belief of Rahul Gandhi in carrying all Congress leaders together bereft of any differences of opinion,” party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, addressing a virtual news conference.
“It was due to his farsightedness and nature of carrying along everybody that we were able to resolve the differences. He was also helped by the cooperation and assistance given by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra,” he said, praising both Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot.
The crisis ended soon afterPilot met Rahul Gandhi on Monday afternoon. As a way out and to assuage the sentiments of all sides, the party then decided to form a three-member committee to address the grievances of the rebel legislators, including Pilot.
In the evening, Pilot and 17 other legislators supporting him met Ahmed Patel, Priyanka Gandhi and KC Venugopal to seek an assurance that the issues raised by them would be resolved amicably.
Asked if Rahul Gandhi will take up the Congress president’s post now, Surjewala said not 99% but 100% of Congress leaders and workers want him to assume the responsibility once again.
“Not because he is Rahul Gandhi but because he is the person who has always shown the courage and the mettle to take on the Modi government by pointing out and criticising its anti-people policies,” he added.
Referring to claims that Rahul Gandhi has refused to return as the party chief, Surjewala said, “I don’t think that anyone of us has recently spoken to him on the issue. When he resigned, he resigned on moral grounds and took moral responsibility (for the 2019 Lok Sabha election loss). What will happen in the future is not for me to comment upon. I am certain that good things will happen in future.”
He added the decision will be taken by Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and the party at an appropriate time.
Senior Congress leader from Kerala, Ramesh Chennithala, also appealed to Rahul Gandhi to once again assume the party chief’s role to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“We are passing through an unprecedented crisis and Madam Sonia Gandhi has been struggling despite her health issues to rudder these tempestuous times,” Chennithala said in a letter to Rahul Gandhi.
He alleged that the combine of Prime Minister Narendra Mod