Chidambaram's advice to Sonia, Rahul Gandhi upsets Congress

Former union minister P Chidambaram's recent statement on Sonia and Rahul Gandhi's leadership seems to have made the Congress a tad upset.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2014, 16:07 PM IST

New Delhi: Former union minister P Chidambaram's recent statement on Sonia and Rahul Gandhi's leadership seems to have made the Congress a tad upset.

Hinting at Chidambaram, the party spokesperson Rashid Alvi on Saturday said that the leaders especially the senior ones should give their advices in the party forum rather than in open.

Chidambaram, in an interview to a TV news channels, said that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should "speak more" and put in action a timetable that would enable the party to play the role of "true opposition" at a time when the morale of party cadres is "pretty low".

However, he also said that the Congress president Sonia Gandhi was "numero uno" in the organisation and that the decision in Jaipur in January 2013 to make Rahul Gandhi vice president was "perhaps the correct decision".

"I would urge again that timetable be shortened and we get on with the job of a reorganising the party and getting on with the job of being true opposition," he told a news channel, replying to a question about doubts being expressed about Rahul Gandhi's leadership.

Asked can a non-Gandhi become the Congress President, he said, "I think so. Someday yes", but was quick to add, "I do not know" when asked about the timeline for such an eventuality.

"I am too old to aspire for anything now," he, at the same time, said.

(With Agency inputs)