The Congress party is all set to miss the Gandhi family in the top leadership with Rahul Gandhi declining to accept the president post, for which he had resigned on May 24. It looks like Rahul Gandhi is not in a mood to revert his decision. He seems to be vexed with the attitude of some of the senior leaders who enjoy power and never help the party win any election. The young scion had seen the murkiest politics of the Congress leaders during this 2019 general elections. He did not receive any support from any of these leaders, but had pressures from them for their own leadership.
Having decided to be out of the party president post, Rahul Gandhi wants the party seniors to elect a leader of their choice. This would mean that a leader from outside the Gandhi family would head the party. This was perhaps the third time that the Congress, particularly after Indira Gandhi’s era started , would have a non-Gandhi leader. The party was headed by P V Narasimha Rao after Rajiv Gandhi’s murder. Narasimha Rao was the prime minister and the party president between 1991 and 1996. Later, Sitaram Kesri became the party president for two years from 1996 to 1998.
In 1998, Sonia Gandhi assumed the charge at the party’s Kolkata plenary and continued in the post till 2017. She was succeeded by her son Rahul Gandhi in 2017 and continued in office till May 24, 2019. The party, as Rahul refuses to continue in office, is looking for an alternative leader. The talk is that the names of Sushil Kumar Shinde and Mallikharjuna Kharge are doing rounds for the party top slot. Both of them are loyal to the Gandhi family. It is said that Sonia Gandhi is in favour of Shinde, which is also supported by some senior leaders of the party. Though there are several names and aspirants trying their luck in the national capital for the top job, the Gandhi family is likely to have its final word on finding a successor.