New Delhi:3/7/19: As Rahul Gandhi remains adamant on stepping down as the president of the Congress party thrusting the party into a serious leadership crisis, serious deliberations are going on within the party over the name of senior leader Sushil Kumar Shinde as Gandhi’s successor for the post. Name of Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot is also in the race, sources revealed. The party is likely to elect a new party Chief outside Gandhi family this week, for the first time in 21 years.
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and a Gandhi family loyalist Shinde is being pitched as a strong contender for the post of party president after Rahul Gandhi specified that he won’t backtrack on his decision.
Shinde, who is a prominent dalit face of the Congress and a trusted person of the Gandhi family, however a faction within the party believes that Shinde had mentioned the term “Hindu terror” at Jaipur session, because of which the party had to face huge loss in 2014 and even in 2019 elections.
Though, the supporters of Shinde argue that terrorists like Afzal Guru and Azmal Kasab were hanged in his tenure as the home minister.
Rajasthan deputy CM Sachin Pilot is also among the frontrunners for the post, sources have said. Some leaders in the party are apprehensive of party’s leadership being given to an elderly leader, as it would raise some evident questions and also his loyality for the Gandhi family would be made a topic of discussion.