Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has endorsed her brother Rahul Gandhi’s stand on a non-Gandhi president for the Congress, saying there are lots of people capable of leading the celebration, remarks that have been carried in a brand new book which based on the Congress have been made in July final yr in a unique context.
In the book “India Tomorrow: Conversations with the Next Generation of Political Leaders”, she is quoted as saying that Rahul was her chief and can all the time be.
Though the book was launched lately by Oxford University Press, the Congress mentioned Priyanka’s interview was performed after Rahul stepped down as celebration president taking duty for the 2019 Lok Sabha ballot drubbing.
Sonia Gandhi is the interim president of the celebration and there was a rising demand in the Congress for return of Rahul as chief.
In the book, which options interviews with younger leaders in India, Priyanka informed authors Pradeep Chhibber and Harsh Shah, “He (Rahul Gandhi) has said that none of us should be the president of the party and I am in full agreement with him. I think that the party should find its own path also.”
Meanwhile, the Congress mentioned the remarks have been a yr outdated and made on July 1, 2019 by Priyanka and its context in the present day is to tackle the vicious assault on India’s polity by the present dispensation and battle it fearlessly.
Party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned thousands and thousands of Congress staff and leaders have seen that Rahul has led the battle tirelessly, undaunted by setbacks.
“It is this fearlessness and uncompromising courage that the Congress requires, workers respect and nation needs,” he mentioned.
In her dialog, Priyanka mentioned the presence of Gandhis in the celebration would impede the functioning of a non-family president provided that her household wished issues to be that method.
“I think it would only undermine somebody if that was the way we wanted to be. But if we wanted to step back and give other people the freedom to take decisions and do anything, I don’t see why there should be an encumbrance,” she mentioned to a query on Gandhi household’s presence in the celebration and its potential to undermine a non household chief.
Noting that none in her household have a look at issues like that, Priyanka mentioned if there have been to be one other celebration president, “He would be my boss. If he tells me tomorrow that he doesn’t want me in Uttar Pradesh but wants me to be in Andaman and Nicobar, then I would jolly well go to Andaman and Nicobar.”
“It depends on me – I could say ‘sorry I don’t care, I’m going to do what I want. But, I don’t think that any of us have that attitude. I think that we actually believe in the democratization of our party,” she added.
On her and Rahul’s position going ahead, Priyanka is quoted as saying, “If we could enable that process of actually empowering other young people to participate and become leaders, then we would have achieved something. I see that as my role.”
She mentioned Rahul in his resignation letter put up the 2019 Lok Sabha polls had mentioned that he thinks he ought to take duty for the final election.
Asked if she might assume management position in the Congress, Priyanka mentioned her brother is her chief and can all the time be.
“Firstly, I would like to say that, to me, my brother is my leader and he will always be. Secondly, I see hundreds of people in UP and in different parts of the country who are very well equipped to fight the BJP. There are young and good enough leaders. I cannot tell the future, I do not know what is going to happen in the future. But, I think there are plenty of people who are capable to lead the party as well,” she mentioned.
Praising Rahul, Priyanka mentioned her brother had accomplished rather a lot of work to democratise the celebration and had performed elections in the Youth Congress and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) as a result of he wished to facilitate new and youthful expertise in the celebration.
“In fact, oddly enough, he was attacked from within his party for it,” she mentioned.
To a question on whether or not she would give a shot at management if Rahul decides to remain away, Priyanka mentioned she has her work minimize out in UP the place she has her palms full.
“It is an immense task, if we do manage to revive the party in UP, it will actually do a lot to the party in the rest of the country as well. It’s a huge task,” she mentioned.
“I am at ground zero, and it is going to take a lot of time, a lot of focus, and frankly, I am quite happy doing it. I really do believe that if we do manage to build there it will be a huge contribution to the party. So, I feel that I would like to focus there and put my head down and work hard there,” she added.
On whether or not the Congress has misplaced its unbiased ideological imaginative and prescient that when distinguished it from different regional events and what wanted to be accomplished to current another imaginative and prescient for India, the Congress basic secretary mentioned the celebration has a transparent ideology however that ideology has not been communicated with the identical readability to the general public in a very long time.
“I think part of that issue is perhaps the internal shift of some of the leaders of the Congress party towards the end of the last government where the ideological stances were diluted to some extent,” she mentioned, including that there was not a lot readability as there may need been earlier.
Priyanka famous that there are completely different energies in the Congress celebration which has leaders who lean to the precise, to the Left and those that are extra in direction of the centre.
“It is not like the BJP where everything is uniform thought. There is space in the Congress party for different kinds of thinking, and it all comes together and everybody discusses and moves forward. I think where we might have failed is in the public articulation of that ideology,” she famous.
Asked how she would really like her to be remembered as soon as she retires, she mentioned “I am anti-legacy. I just do not believe in it.”
Priyanka famous that she is in politics not as a result of she has a legacy to protect however as a result of she believes that she higher not ignore the privileges she has and do one thing.
“I think kids should not have a legacy. We should not leave them with a legacy of good or legacy of bad. They should be free. And therefore, I frankly need not be remembered,” she mentioned.