In more indication that Rahul Gandhi is determined to step down as Congress president, the Gandhi scion has said that the party would decide on his successor and that he would keep himself aloof from the process. While various Congress leaders have reiterated their faith in Rahul’s leadership, and many are trying to convince him to stay on as party chief, Rahul appears to have made up his mind. He first aired his desire to step aside at the closed-door meeting of the Congress Working Committee on May 25. Since then, nothing seems to have changed his mind.
There’s no denying that Rahul faced a big defeat in the Lok Sabha polls where Congress was barely able to increase its tally of seats from 2014. To his credit, Rahul has taken responsibility for the debacle. At this point, there are two options for a politician. Either he takes the defeat in his stride, learns from it and fights on. Or he steps aside for someone more capable. Rahul hasn’t shown the will to fight. Therefore, it is best that he steps aside and allows someone else to helm the Congress.
For, the party can’t afford a leadership vacuum at this point. There are important state elections in Maharashtra and Haryana coming up later in the year. Congress’s revival depends on it doing well in these polls. And the preparation has to begin now. True, it is a difficult time for the party. But someone has to do the job of leading it. Congress has to find a way to end its over-reliance on the Gandhi family. And with Rahul not interested in doing the heavy lifting, it is time to look for alternative solutions. Change might be painful, but it is necessary.
Embrace Change: With Rahul determined to step down, Congress must look for viable alternatives – Times of India