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Sushil Shinde Front-Runner For New Cong Chief

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.

 

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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