Rahul Gandhi is that the only leader who can take on the mantle of the Congress presidentship as he’s the one who has been taking a robust stand on important issues without bowing to government’s pressure, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has said, amid a growing chorus within the party seeking Gandhi’s return to the helm.

Within a span of 1 week, two state units of the Congress have passed resolutions backing Gandhi’s return as party chief. While Delhi Congress had passed a resolution requesting Gandhi to require over as chief last Sunday, the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution moved by Baghel to re-appoint the Wayanad MP because the party president.

“All Congress persons are standing resolutely with Rahul Gandhi and believe that under his leadership, the Congress organisation are going to be constantly strengthened. Under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, a confidence has been kindled among Congress workers that under his leadership and guidance, they’re going to strengthen the party’s foundation,” the resolution gone by the CPCC said.

In an interview with PTI, Baghel said Gandhi enjoys the arrogance of 1 and every one within the party and holds the party together.

Asked if Rahul Gandhi was best suited to require on party presidentship, he said, “Who else is there. aside from Rahul Gandhi, is there any leader who is touring the country, who is recognized by the Congress workers across the country?”

Gandhi is speaking out on all issues, be it demonetisation, GST, or COVID-19, he made his stand clear, the Chhattisgarh chief minister said.

“He also took a transparent cut substitute favour of farmers. So, he’s the sole leader who is taking a transparent cut stand (on important issues), is putting forth his views forcefully, not bowing before the government’s pressure,” Baghel said.

Asked if Gandhi should become president through elections or should he be appointed chief without the electoral process as a unanimous choice, he said regardless of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and therefore the Congress Working Committee (CWC) decide would be followed.

Everything should be done consistent with the Constitution of the party, he added.

“Definitely, Rahul Gandhi is that the only leader who can combat the mantle of national presidentship of the party,” Baghel asserted.

On whether elections to the CWC should even be held along side the polls of party president, Baghel said the matter had been discussed and there was no controversy as whatever is within the Constitution of the party are going to be followed.

“The party traditions are going to be followed. we’ve a constitution and traditions also are there which can be followed,” he said.

The Congress last month announced that the party will have an elected president by June 2021 “at any cost”.

After a three-and-a-half-hour meeting, which was stormy sometimes , the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest politics body, had authorised incumbent chief Sonia Gandhi to schedule the interior elections after the conclusion of assembly polls in five states thanks to be held in April-May.

Congress leaders K C Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala had said that the CWC elections also will be held but it remains to be seen whether or not they are often scheduled before or after the election to the post of Congress president.

Sonia Gandhi took over as interim Congress president after Rahul Gandhi resigned within the wake of the party’s Lok Sabha debacle in May 2019.

Baghel, who was recently made a senior observer for the upcoming Assam assembly polls by the party for overseeing the election campaign management and coordination, slammed the BJP for targeting the Congress’ alliance with All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) within the state.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had kickstarted BJP’s campaign for the state election in Assam last month, alleging that the Congress-AIUDF combine will open “all gates” to welcome infiltrators if it involves power in Assam.

Hitting out at the BJP, Baghel said, “It is unfortunate that the BJP indulges in politics of fear. They never mention their achievements. there’s an alliance of six parties, but they’re talking about one party (AIUDF).”

“If you (BJP) are talking about Assam. You were in power for five years, what percentage promises you fulfilled. What happened about the main promises,” he asked.

The BJP always spreads fear, sometimes of Pakistan, sometimes of China and at other times of Hindu-Muslim, Baghel alleged.

“They (BJP) scare people and threaten them. they’re getting people to crossover to their party by scaring and threatening them. After going into the party, what’s the state of the leaders, be it (Jyotiraditya) Scindia or Himanta Biswa Sarma,” Baghel said.

Asserting that the Congress’ electoral prospects in Assam are excellent , Baghel said the most issues within the polls would be the BJP government’s failure in Assam and therefore the achievements of the Congress government which was in power for 15 years within the state.

He said the Congress alliance will soon come up with a standard minimum programme and a coordination committee are going to be found out , he said.

The election to the 126-member Assam Assembly is probably going in March-April.

The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has announced that it’ll contest the forthcoming state polls in alliance with five parties — AIUDF, the CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML) and therefore the Anchalik Gana Morcha — to oust the ruling BJP from power.

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