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Rahul may take over as Cong chief after Diwali

Rahul may take over as Cong chief after Diwaliā€¯

On being asked whether the Congress old guard would face a setback after Rahul takes over the reigns from the incumbent party chief Sonia Gandhi, Pilot replied, "We are not a party which believes that there should be cut-off age for politicians". He told some party leaders in the state that if this is not done he would neither campaign nor contest the upcoming state assembly elections.

Rahul, who is now serving as Congress vice president, has "earned" the contendership of the party's presidential post, claims Pilot.

"Besides being Lok Sabha seats, Amethi and Rae Bareli are like family for Gandhi". In that eventuality, Mr Gandhi will be elected unopposed. Pilot added that Gandhi's elevation had been in the pipeline for long.

The organisational polls of Congress are now underway, Pilot said, adding that the grass-root level cadres have appealed the party to cause no further delay in Rahul's elevation to the top post. The general sentiment in the Congress is that it is time for Gandhi to take charge and lead from the front, Pilot said in an interview to PTI. The Congress had earlier taken two extensions from the EC for completing the organisational polls.

The RPCC chief brushed aside BJP's criticism that the Congress has been promoting dynastic politics. "The last names of leaders should not be treated as disqualification in politics". It was the performance of a leader that ultimately decided his worth, as a surname could only take him "so far", he said.

Mr Pilot also held a mirror up to the BJP on dynasty politics.

Hitting out at the Congress, state BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, "As an elected MP, Rahul has failed to work for his people and numerous development schemes promised by him are lying incomplete".

Mr Pilot also hit out at the BJP, saying that a particular ideology should not be thrust upon others and there should not be any hatred in politics. "It's murder of democracy", he said.



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