After batting for change of guard in Congress, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Thursday called for the entry of Priyanka Gandhi into active politics saying she is a “sharp young woman” and should handle party affairs.
“I have always said Priyanka should enter active politics. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka will both complement each other. They can decide what roles to play,” he said after emerging from the meeting with Rahul Gandhi on Punjab polls.
Amarinder has batted for a change of guard in Congress, saying Sonia Gandhi can hand over the charge to Rahul if she is feeling tired after having worked as party chief since 1998.
He had yesterday said that time is right for Rahul Gandhi to take over from his mother as Congress President and favoured Priyanka’s entry into active politics.
“Sonia Gandhi is a brilliant leader. I have said that she has been working (as Congress President) for the last 20 years. If she feels that time has come to give it to a new generation, then she should pass it on and we will fully support Rahul (to take over),” he said while replying to a question whether time has come for Congress Vice-President to take over from Sonia Gandhi.
Speculation is rife of a possible elevation of Rahul in the party amid demands by several party leaders for a shake-up and “surgery” in Congress in the wake of party’s drubbings in recent assembly elections.
Amarinder is leading the Congress campaign ahead of crucial 2017 Punjab assembly polls, where the opposition party is eyeing to wrest power from the SAD-BJP combine.