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Mani Shankar Aiyar's change of heart for Gandhi dynast?

He Had Pitched A Role Of A Mentor For Party President Sonia Gandhi And Had Asserted That The Congress Has To Move From Being An Inclusive Party To Setting Up An Inclusive Alliance.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Vikas Mehta | Updated on: 09 Oct 2017, 12:15:31 PM
Is Mani Shankar Aiyar's account a change of heart for Gandhi dynast?

New Delhi:

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, who leaves no opportunity to attack BJP, took a potshot at his own party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi. He said: “I think only two people can be Congress President - mother or son. Rahul has already said he is ready to contest the election.”

Aiyar’s comments show his displeasure for being sidelined in the grand old party. The Congress leader had once bet for Rahul and had advocated to appoint him as party president after witnessing defeat in UP Assembly polls in March 2017.

He had pitched a role of a mentor for party president Sonia Gandhi and had asserted that the Congress has to move from being an inclusive party to setting up "an inclusive alliance".

On Sonia's role in the party when Rahul is anointed president, Aiyar had said, "I expect her to play the role of Lee Kuan Yew, first mentor."

"I hope her health is good enough. So, she would be available as the most important mentor that the Congress party has and let Rahul Gandhi, who still, for at least a few years, belongs to the generation that constitutes about 70 per cent of our population" become the part president, the former Union minister had said.

A change of heart shows his discontentment against the party leadership to which he reflected on Sunday. 

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First Published : 09 Oct 2017, 11:52:35 AM