Shiv Sena Backs Rahul Gandhi, Condemns Congress’ Decision to Make Sonia Gandhi Interim Chief ‘Inhuman’

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-08-13

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the Congress party over selecting Sonia Gandhi as its interim chief. In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, the Shiv Sena said the compelling the 73-year-old leader, who has not been keeping well, is “inhuman”.


The editorial titled – Congress Ka Meena Bazaar – however backed Rahul Gandhi and said  that Rahul must be given the credit for not budging from his stand that the next party president should be from outside the Gandhi family. Rahul Gandhi had resigned from the post of Congress president after the party suffered a humiliating loss in the Lok Sabha elections. Despite repeated appeals from top party leaders and workers, Rahul remained firm on his decision of not continuing on the post.


“It is important that despite continuous requests and appeals Rahul Gandhi didn’t change his mind. He had said that if Congress has to grow it must leave the crutches of the Gandhi family to learn to stand on its own,” the editorial in Marathi said.


It is even said that Rahul Gandhi had even rejected the idea of Priyanka Gandhi being given the charge of the party. “The party should have respected his decision. The Congress failed to find a leader for itself even after 75 days and 73-year-old Sonia was made the party’s interim president,” the editorial said.


According to the Shiv Sena, the first row of leadership in Congress is not even in existence. Leaders like Motilal Vohra, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, AK Antony and Sushil Kumar Shinde are mere broken pieces. “It is not possible for Congress to move ahead with this line,” the editorial added.


The Shiv Sena also mocked the Congress over demands from some parts to give the grand old party a young leadership. “The thought is good but the party has stopped inducting youth leaders since last 25 years.”


Raking up the Lok Sabha election results, the Shiv Sena further said that Congress needs to get out of its “Mughal” mindset. The editorial also attacked the Congress over its stand on issues like abrogation of Article 370 and triple talaq.



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