The Hindu – After Shashi Tharoor, Amarinder Singh backs Priyanka for Congress chief

“She has the intelligence and instinct to understand and relate to the needs of the nation,” the Punjab Chief Minister says on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Special Correspondent

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 29 July 2019. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has backed Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to take over the party’s reins, and that she was “a good bet” to replace Rahul Gandhi as the new leader.

“Priyanka would be a perfect choice to take over the party reins but it would all depend on the Congress Working Committee, which alone is authorised to take a decision in the matter,” said Captain Amarinder here.

He regretted the decision of Rahul Gandhi to step down from the top party post. “India is a young nation, and will respond to a young leader,” he said, while reacting on Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s remark that Ms Vadra would be a good choice for being chosen as party chief.

Captain Amarinder made it clear that Ms Vadra was ideally suited to head the party, which needed a dynamic young leader to rebuild it after the recent Lok Sabha election loss.

“She has the intelligence and instinct to understand and relate to the needs of the nation, and also has the courage to take on any challenge and take the fight to victory,” he said, adding that he had earlier also advocated for a young leader to take charge of the party at this critical juncture in the nation’s journey.

“Given Rahul Gandhi’s refusal to take back his resignation, Priyanka was a good bet to replace him as the new leader,” said the Chief Minister. He expressed the confidence that she would easily get the support of the party’s rank and file, across regions.