Dynasty a problem for Cong: Rahul Gandhi

Dynasty a problem for Cong: Rahul Gandhi
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First Published: Mon, Apr 13 2009. 11 58 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Apr 13 2009. 11 58 PM IST
Kochi: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, widely seen as the heir to a party that has been led by three generations of the Gandhi-Nehru family, has criticized the dynastic trend and a lack of democracy in the party.
Among the problems within the Congress was dynastic rule at various levels of the party leadership and a lack of democracy in the set-up, Gandhi said on Monday.
“This will undergo a change in the next three-five years,” he said.
Gandhi was in Kerala as part of his campaign for the general election that starts this week.
His sister Priyanka Vadra said in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, that Gandhi would one day become India’s prime minister, The Economic Times reported. Gandhi said he did not believe his sister would have said she wants to see him as prime minister. “My family has always seen politics as what you do for the country rather than where you end up.”
“Rahul Gandhi becoming PM is not an important issue,” he added.
The Congress has previously been led by Gandhi’s great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, his grandmother Indira Gandhi and his father Rajiv Gandhi. All three have served as prime ministers.
The party is currently led by his mother Sonia Gandhi as its president.
The Congress has said Manmohan Singh will continue as prime minister if the party and its allies win the elections.
On possible alliances with Communist parties, Gandhi said he expects the Congress to do well in the elections and it would not have to seek support from the Left parties to form the government.
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First Published: Mon, Apr 13 2009. 11 58 PM IST