PUPPETS FOR NOW … Congress toying with ‘weak’ faces for party chief’s post


NEW DELHI: With the Congress president post lying vacant, three new names have come up for consideration of the Nehru family for the post of an interim president. They are of Mallikarjun Kharge, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Sachin Pilot. The family would do the back-seat driving if one of these leaders is selected, as all the three are weaklings. Another prominent leader Motilal Vohra, treasurer for the party now, has excused himself from the plans to be placed as interim president. 

Harish Rawat

Rahul Gandhi, the outgoing president, said on Thursday that he would continue to fight the BJP with 10 times the strength he showed in the past few years. Meanwhile, one of the AICC general secretaries Harish Chandra Singh Rawat, 71, quit the post, following on the footsteps of Rahul Gandhi. He is a former chief minister of Uttarakhand state between 2012 and 2014. Previously he was minister for water resources in the Manmohan Singh government. 

Sushil Kumar Shinde, 78, is a former Union home minister. He was chief minister of Maharashtra between 2003 and 2004, and also served later as governor of undivided Andhra Pradesh. He hails from Solapur in Maharashtra, dignified in his dealings, and a prominent politician hailing from an ordinary Dalit background. 

Mallikarjun Kharge, who was the leader of the Congress bloc in the Lok Sabha in the 16th house, was defeated in the 2019 LS polls. He too is a prominent politician with a Dalit background. 

Sachin Pilot who hails from Rajasthan and is now a deputy chief minister there is among the prominent young faces in the Congress. His influence is limited only to Rajasthan, and hails from a backward community. His father is the late Rajesh Pilot, a minister in the Rajiv Gandhi government. –IHN-NN

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