The Congress units in Odisha, Jharkhand and Haryana on Tuesday passed resolutions backing Rahul Gandhi
for the post of party president, joining at least eight other pradesh Congress committees (PCCs) which have rooted for him.
Besides the three PCCs which backed Rahul, party units in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu
and J&K have already thrown in their lot behind the Wayanad MP while the Kerala and Telangana units are expected to follow suit in the next few days.
The Haryana PCC passed two resolutions — one urging Rahul to file nomination for the top post and the other “authorising the new AICC president to finalise the PCC”. The resolutions were passed before CWC member Selja, Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Hooda and state working president Jitender Bhardwaj could reach the party office. Rajya Sabha MP Randeep Singh Surjewala and former CLP leader Kiran Choudhary did not come for the meeting.
In Kerala, several Congress leaders have come out against Shashi Tharoor — who has dropped hints in the last few days that he may file papers for the top post — building pressure on the PCC leadership to convene a general body meeting immediately.
“We do not take the candidature of Tharoor seriously. He did not consult with the state leadership before finalising his candidature,” said seven-time MP Kodikunnil Suresh. Opposing Tharoor, former Kerala PCC chief Ramesh Chennithala said: “The state Congress leaders certainly want Rahul Gandhi to become the AICC president.” Another former PCC chief, Mullappally Ramachandran, said: “Time has come for Rahul Gandhi to take up AICC president’s post. Only he can unite the party and give strength to the organisation.’’ He said Tharoor is “not a seasoned politician, and he has no consistent political vision”.
In Telangana, the PCC is all set to adopt a resolution backing Rahul for the top post in a day or two, once state Congress chief Revanth Reddy returns from ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Kerala. State leaders, including Nalgonda MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy, CLP leader Bhatti Vikramarka, Madhu Yaskhi Goud, V Hanumanth Rao and Mallu Ravi6 have said this is the right time for Rahul to lead the party. “Rahul Gandhi, with a pan-India appeal and having understanding of issues affecting the country, is most suitable to lead the Congress as well as the country,” said Uttam Kumar Reddy said.
Meanwhile, a day after the Maharashtra PCC passed the resolution urging Rahul to take over as AICC chief, a section of state Congress leaders felt that in a democratic set up, it will be appropriate that he contests the election.