Rahul Gandhi is not a willing politician but his elevation as the Congress president will be unanimous, Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla told NDTV. Mr Gandhi, 47, is expected to get the top job in the Congress by the end of the party’s organizational election later this month.
‘There are various types of leader. Some leader is made, some leaders are imposed, and Rahul Gandhi is not a willing politician. But the party needs a leadership – a strong and good leader and unfortunate Sonia Gandhi is unwell. Therefore, it is the unanimous choice of leaders and masses within Congress to elevate Rahul Gandhi,’ Lal Thanhawla told NDTV.
Lal Thanhawla has been a ‘close aide’ of the Gandhi family right from Indira Gandhi’s days and rose to prominence when Rajiv Gandhi became the prime minister. 76-year-old Mr Thanhawla is also the oldest serving Congress chief minister in the country.
The north east was once seen as a Congress fortress, but now Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur are ruled by the BJP, which is also a partner in the NPF-run government in Nagaland.
Speaking about Congress’s poor performance in most of the states, the veteran leader said, ‘The Congress got defeated because of anti-incumbency. Congress has enjoyed power since Independence and not only in India or in Mizoram; there are several instances that a prolonged rule generates huge anti-incumbency.’