Bhopal: Days after Rahul Gandhi stepped down as AICC president, senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday batted for an “energetic chief” to lead the party in this “hour of crisis”.
Talking to reporters here, Mr Scindia said Mr Gandhi’s successor should be dynamic enough to galvanise the party and carry along with him Congress workers and leaders.
The party workers should follow the path shown by Mr Gandhi, he added.
Mr Scindia who landed here in the morning on a two-day-visit to Madhya Pradesh described Mr Gandhi’s resignation from the post of Congress president as “most unfortunate” and the decision had landed the party in “grave crisis”. Replying to a question as to if he was in the race to lead the party, Mr Scindia said, “All through my 17-year-long political career, I have never been after ‘kursi or satta’ (position or power). I have tried my best to accomplish the assignment given to me. I have fought for development, not for power”.
“Congress is currently passing through a grave crisis. It is the responsibility of workers and leaders of Congress to see through the period of crisis and ensure that the party is strengthened”, he added.
Incidentally, a couple of days ago, a poster appeared here demanding to appoint Mr Scindia as the next Congress president. “This is an appeal to honourable Rahul Gandhi that pride of our nation and veteran leader Jyotiraditya Scindia should be made party president”, the poster said....