Rahul ready to be party chief
He says Congress lost touch with people in run-up to 2014 elections
NEW DELHI, Sept 12 : Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said he was ready to take over as the Congress chief but it was up to the party, and an electoral process for that was on.
The 47-year-old Congress vice-president was replying to question whether he was ready to take charge of the Congress ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, unlike 2014 when
he declined to be the prime ministerial candidate.
"I am absolutely ready to do that but the way our party works, we have an organisational election process that decides that and that process is currently ongoing," he said during a
question-answer session after addressing students at University of California, Berkeley on India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward. When asked about the accusations of
Congress being a dynastic party, Rahul said it was a problem in all political parties in India.
"Most of the country runs like this. So, don't go after me. Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast, Mr Stalin (DMK supremo M Karunanidhi's son) is a dynast, Mr (Prem Kumar) Dhumal's son
(Anurag Thakur of the BJP) is a dynast. Even Mr Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast, also Mr Ambani," he said. "That's what happens in India and just the way India runs. The real
question is if that person is a capable, sensitive person."
Rahul, who is on a two-week tour of the United States, accepted the Congress lost touch with people in the run-up to 2014 election that saw the BJP sweep the polls and his party
reduced to its worst ever tally of 44 seats.
Rahul also criticised the government over the recent spate in lynchings, saying the politics of polarisation was very dangerous.