Senior Congress leader Tariq Hameed Karra has dared dissident leaders to contest the upcoming elections to the president’s post in the party if they are keen to lead the organisation.
Taking to Twitter, he said the only eligible person to lead the Congress for upholding the idea of India is Rahul Gandhi.
Isn't renewed demand 4 revamping INC illogical when schedule 4 party elections is already fixed & is being acted upon. For upholding d idea of India,only eligible person to lead @INCIndia is @RahulGandhi.Anyone else desirous to hold this responsibility is welcome to try his luck.
— Tariq Hameed Karra (@tariqkarra) April 12, 2022
Karra further said the demand for revamping the Congress is illogical at a time when the schedule for the organisational elections is already out.
“Isn’t renewed demand 4 revamping INC illogical when schedule 4 party elections is already fixed & is being acted upon. For upholding d idea of India, only eligible person to lead @INCIndia is @RahulGandhi. Anyone else desirous to hold this responsibility is welcome to try his luck,” he tweeted.
Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi & Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi welcomed Shri Tariq Hameed Karra to the Congress party. pic.twitter.com/92zRLhY9xE
— Congress (@INCIndia) February 18, 2017
Karra is among the senior Congress leaders who have been pushing for Rahul Gandhi’s return as the party chief.
Soon after the party’s humiliating defeat in the assembly elections in five states, the dissident leaders, also known as Group of 23, or G-23, had called for fixing the responsibility for the debacle.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and his Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel promptly came out in defence of the Gandhis and urged Rahul Gandhi to lead the party once again.
“Rahul Gandhi should become the party chief. For nearly three decades, nobody from the Gandhi family has become a prime minister or a minister. It is significant to understand that the Gandhi family is important for Congress’ unity,” he had said.
For his part, Baghel said the Congress party follows a democratic process and anyone willing to contest for the post is free to do so.
“The dates for the Congress organisational elections have been announced and those who want to contest are free to file nomination. I believe that Rahul Gandhi should take charge as Congress chief,” Baghel said.
After taking over the reins of the grand old party in December 2017, Rahul Gandhi resigned from the post in May 2019 following the party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections. Later in August 2019, Sonia Gandhi assumed the charge as the interim president of the Congress.
As per the schedule, the elections to the Congress president’s post will be held between August 21 and September 20.