Division in Congress over 'bigger' role for Rahul

Amid growing clamour within the Congress for Rahul Gandhi to play a more proactive role, party general secretary Digvijay Singh feels that the young leader should not join the government and work to strengthen the party for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

“I want Rahul to take a larger role and prepare the Congress party for the 2014 general elections as our leader, I do not want him to join the government,” Singh said while speaking to a Hindi news channel. His remarks came in the backdrop of 10 Congress MPs writing to party president Sonia Gandhi urging her to appoint Rahul as Leader of Lok Sabha.

Asked if Rahul’s aura is fading in the wake of poll debacle in Uttar Pradesh, where he led an aggressive campaign, Singh said: “Rahul creates an environment which is positive for the Congress but he can’t get voters to the polling booth.”
‘Why not?,’ says PC.

Union Home Minister P Chidamaram, however, is of the opinion that Rahul will do “very well” in government as well as in the Congress. “Why not? Gandhi can accept an office in government or in the party or in the House. I am sure that he will do very well in any of these places,” he told a Malayalam news channel.

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