New Delhi: Against the backdrop of reports that Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi could be elevated to the position of working president, the party Tuesday indicated that he would be given a bigger role but the timing will be decided by party chief Sonia Gandhi.
Congress media department chief Janardan Dwivedi said there was no suspense that Rahul Gandhi would have a bigger role in the party but did not go into specifics. “There is no suspense about it. He (Rahul Gandhi) has a role, which is increasing constantly. In natural course, his role will go on increasing. This is what Congressmen want and this is what in their opinion is natural,” Dwivedi said, adding that there was no doubt that Congressmen want Rahul Gandhi’s role to increase.
Dwivedi stressed that Sonia Gandhi “is here to lead the party and she will decide what to do and when”. There has been speculation that the young leader could be made working president on Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary Nov 19 or in the near future.
Dwivedi, however, refused to go either into the issue of timeline or the designation that Rahul Gandhi will assume. “You just cannot speculate on a timeline. You should consider all other speculations as mere speculations for the time being”.
Rahul Gandhi has been seen as future leader and potential prime minister by the party leaders. Party general secretary Digvijay Singh had said last week that Rahul Gandhi now “has to look after us all.”
Speculation about the young leader being given bigger responsibility in the party gained momentum after Sonia Gandhi’s surgery in the US in August. Rahul Gandhi was among the group of four leaders tasked with the responsibility of looking after affairs of Congress in her absence.
Sonia Gandhi returned to the country in September and has since resumed her responsibilities.