New Delhi, Aug 23 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has opposed the bid by some Congress leaders to challenge the Gandhi family leadership in the party, saying this is not the time to raise such an issue.
In a statement, Singh said the need today is for a strong opposition against the BJP-led NDA which is out to destroy the country’s constitutional ethos and democratic principles.
The veteran Congress leader said the NDA’s success was attributable to the absence of a strong and united Opposition.
'The move by these Congress leaders to demand a re-haul of the party at this critical juncture would be detrimental to its interests, and the interests of the nation,' he said.
'What the Congress needs is a leadership that is acceptable not just to a few but to the entire party, through its rank and file, and the nation at large,' he said, adding that the Gandhis were the right fit for this role.
'Sonia Gandhi should continue to helm the Congress as long as she wants,' he said, adding that Rahul Gandhi should thereafter take over as he is fully competent to lead the party.
Ahead of the Congress Working Committee meeting on Monday, different voices have emerged within the party with one section comprising sitting MPs and former ministers demanding a collective leadership, while another group has sought the return of Rahul Gandhi to the helm.
Some Congress leaders, including ex-ministers, have written to party president Sonia Gandhi for the overhaul of the organisational structure and changes to the leadership.
The letter by former ministers and some MPs was believed to have been written a few weeks ago and sets the stage for a stormy Congress Working Committee meeting on Monday where issues flagged by dissenters are expected to be discussed and debated. PTI SKC RDK RDK RDK