Congress expects Rahul Gandhi to take over as its chief this year, the party said on Monday, virtually dismissing reports that he would be projected as the chief ministerial candidate in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2017.
“Rahul Gandhi is MP from Amethi and Vice President of Congress. We all expect him to be the President of the Congress in 2016,” party leader Jairam Ramesh said at the AICC briefing, when asked about reports that the party’s poll strategist Prashant Kishor has suggested that Rahul should be projected as the chief ministerial candidate.
According to reports, Kishor is learnt to be in favour of either Priyanka Gandhi Vadra or Rahul taking the lead in the state election as the chief ministerial candidate.
At the same time, the report also said if Rahul does not give his consent then Priyanka’s name should be propped in Uttar Pradesh. And if both turn down the offer, then Kishor may suggest former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s name.
Kishor, who had managed the successful election campaigns for Narendra Modi in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance in Bihar assembly elections last year, has been drafted by Congress to draw up a campaign strategy for the key state.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted after the news broke:
— jimitgotecha (@jimitgotecha) May 2, 2016
#PrashantKishor suggesting Rahul for UP where Modi has stronghold and Rajdeep Sardesai for Goa where Parikkar is king. Pakka Bjp supporter.
— Bindu Nair (@bindunair30) May 2, 2016
— Ashok Garekar (@DrGarekar) May 3, 2016
If Pappu does stand as CM candidate in UP.. There is a very good chance Congress will rise & win by a landslide & revive Pappu’s career
— Lazy Panda (@IndianWatching) May 3, 2016
Is the rumor true? Rahul Gandhi getting married to Bilawal Bhutto? The two Pappus will be such a lovely couple to be sent off to Kala Paani.
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) May 2, 2016
It looks like some body is trying to finish RAHUL GANDHI by proposing him as CM of UP. Stupidest idea ever heard.
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) May 3, 2016