'Hearing this for last three years': BJP downplays reports of Rahul's elevation in Congress

ANI | Updated: Oct 02, 2017 06:04 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], October 2 (ANI): Responding on reports that Rahul Gandhi will be elevated as the Congress president soon after Diwali, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday stated the Congress need to clarify that they still have no faith in former's leadership capabilities as we have been listening this for the last three years.

Speaking to ANI here, BJP spokesperson S. Prakash said, "The Congress party is free to have his own president of their choice. However, the party seems very reluctant to make Rahul Gandhi as Congress president immediately.This we have been listening for so many years. The party should clarify that they have no faith still in Rahul Gandhi; they still believe that Sonia only can lead their party. She has been doing that for the last 14 years."

Another BJP leader Rajeev Ranjan stated the Congress party is already accused of promoting dynasties, so the party should conduct internal elections in a free and fair manner.

Meanwhile, the Congress has said that 'Rahul Gandhi should and will take over as our party president'.

Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Sandeep Dixit said, "The dates are not certain, but there is a system in place for the party's election. As soon as system gets over, obviously the new president will be elected. Almost everyone in the Congress is of the view that Rahul Gandhi should and will take over as our president."

Another Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad resonated similar viewpoint.

It was earlier reported that Congress MP Sachin Pilot had, in a print interview, said that Rahul Gandhi could take over as the president of the Indian National Congress (INC) soon after Diwali this year. (ANI)