Congress Leader Sachin Pilot on Sunday said that Rahul Gandhi may become the Congress president after Diwali.
Meanwhile defending the possibilities of Rahul Gandhi’s to become the president Pilot said,”the last names of leaders should not be treated as a disqualification in politics. It was the performance of a leader that ultimately decided his worth, as a surname could only take him “so far”.
“Organisational elections of the Congress are underway and the new president could take over shortly after Diwali. It is something that has been in the pipeline for a long time,” he added.
Stating party’s sentiments Pilot said,” time had come for Gandhi to take charge and lead from the front, while favouring a balanced approach of a mix of the young and the old in the party.”
However when he was asked about Priya Gandhji’s interest to join politics he said, “Though she belongs to the Congress party, whether she should join active politics or not is her personal decision”.
In an interview with PTI when he was questioned about dynastic politics Pilot said “Belonging to a family that has been in politics should not be treated as a disqualification.”
Responding to BJP’s accusation Pilot said that the party need to introspect as many of their leaders are also from political families.
Asked if the time had come for a generational change in the Congress and for the old to make way for the young, the Rajasthan Congress chief said, “It is not a question of making way; it is a question of working together.”
The ‘cut-off date’ system did not work in politics, he added.
Unlike the BJP, which he claimed ‘humiliates’ its elders, the Congress uses their wisdom and moves together, he said.
The BJP’s margdarshak mandal has become the biggest travesty of time. We don’t humiliate elders like (they do) in the BJP. I believe we should have a good mix between the old and the new while one must keep changing, he said.
In the Congress, Rahul held, the new generation comes in, with the old lending their support to it.
He favoured a ‘balanced approach’ and claimed the Congress had maintained this as part of its history and tradition.
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.
“One should have competitors and not enemies in politics and we must respect that basic tenet of democracy,” he said.
With Inputs from PTI