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‘Rahul not ruler by temperament’

‘Rahul not ruler by temperament’
Close on the heels of Congress leader AK Antony’s claim that his party’s proximity to the minority community led people to doubt its secularism, another senior leader Digvijaya Singh has said the Gandhi scion does not have a temperament suited to the ruling benches.

In an interview to a Goa cable news channel on Friday and telecast on Saturday, Digvijaya Singh also said Rahul should have taken up the responsibility of leading the party in the Lok Sabha and taking on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

‘He is by temperament not a ruling person. He is by temperament someone who wants to fight injustice,’ the Congress leader said. Digvijaya’s statement comes at a time when Rahul as well as his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi have been criticized for lack of leadership skills by both Congressmen as well as party detractors.

The party general secretary who is in charge of Goa was in the state on a two-day visit to take stock of the party affairs and meet Pradesh Congress Committee members. Digvijaya said he had suggested Rahul take up the role of the main opposition leader in the Lok Sabha, a responsibility given to Congress’ Karnataka stalwart Mallikarjun Kharge. ‘In a democracy, opposition space is necessary. Since the Congress is the largest opposition group, our Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi should have taken up the responsibility,’ he said. Later, Singh clarified his remark on Rahul Gandhi that criticised the party vice-president’s governing abilities.

‘I said he is always fighting injustice and therefore, he is not for power. He is to fight injustice. That is the different between us and him,’ Singh said on Saturday evening.
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