Congress (INC) needs a leadership change and must look for somebody beyond Gandhi family
With Dr. Manmohan Singh's reluctance to become the PM candidate for the 3rd time, and his indications that Rahul Gandhi is an ideal candidate for the post, now it looks mere a formality to announce Gandhi's name as PM in waiting. However, in the present circumstances when the party led by Sonia Gandhi is surrounded by many corruption charges and performed poorly in the assembly elections, has the time come when the Congress should look beyond Gandhi family to lead the party as well as the Govt.
"Definitely there are indications of that in the results of
recent assembly elections. And they (Congress) must look
forward for a leader outside the Gandhi family, they have to
rethink about the family issue. If they want to survive in the
upcoming elections they have to look beyond the family and
search some other good alternative for this."
Vidhu Verma, Chairperson, Center of Political Science, JNU
"At the government level I don't think at this point the
Congress has any charismatic leader who can replace the
charisma of the Gandhi family. The Congress relies on
charismatic personalties. Till now they (Gandhi family) were
the charismatic family that produces the charismatic leaders.
If they (Congress) need a charismatic leader outside the
family, I don't think they are going to get one. That is very
unlikely to happen. Given the structure of the Congress it's
very very difficult for anyone to acquire that charisma."
Prof. Pradip Kumar Datta, Dept. of Political Science, DU