Rahul has all qualities of a leader: Congress


NEW DELHi: Two days after Digvijaya Singh’s remark that Rahul Gandhi lacks the “temperament to rule”, Congress on Monday resorted to damage control, saying the party vice-president has “all the attributes” of a genuine leader.

“Singh has clarified his remarks. All he meant was that Rahul Gandhi was not hankering after power. We do not think it is a disqualification. In fact, we respect those who make sacrifices.

He has all the attributes of a genuine leader. He is our second biggest leader,” said Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad. Congress also clarified on another senior leader AK Antony’s acknowledgement that the party was perceived to be biased towards minorities.

The party said the statement was made in the context of Kerala where he was speaking and had no national dimension. “Kerala unit of the party has already clarified that Antony’s statement was Kerala-specific,” said Ahmad.

Latching on to Antony’s remarks, BJP patriarch LK Advani had on Sunday said that the saffron party stood vindicated re garding its position on the issue of secularism in the context of Antony’s statement.

AK Antony’s remark had created ripples within Congress. Congress leader Anil Shastri also rejected the contention that the party was appeasing minority communities.

“In 2009, 12 out of 28 Muslims got elected from Congress but only one found place in the UPA-II ministry and that too as MoS. Is this appeasement ?” Shastri asked. In another tweet he said, “All 4 Muslim CMs i.e. Antulay , Barkatullah, Gaffoor & Taimur (Assam) were appointed by Indiraji. After that it’s been a full stop for 30 yrs.(sic)”

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