`Congress leaders need to look beyond Rahul, Priyanka`

The chorus among Congress leaders demanding a leadership change seems to be rising. The latest to join the bandwagon is Rajasthan Congress MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma, who on Saturday said that there are other senior leaders other than Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who can lead the party.

By Biplob Ghosal | Last Updated: May 31, 2014, 15:55 PM IST

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Jaipur: The chorus among Congress leaders demanding a leadership change seems to be growing. The latest to join the bandwagon is Rajasthan Congress MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma, who on Saturday said that there are other senior leaders other than Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who can lead the party.

Speaking to a news agency, Sharma disapproved of Rahul and Priyanka taking on the reins of the Congress.
He said the party members, who are saying `Priyanka lao, Rahul lao`, should contemplate bringing other seniors to the fore as well.

The Congress MLA backed the idea of adopting a democratic system to choose the party leadership.
Being extremely critical of Rahul`s leadership, Sharma said that there will be a conflict between `parachute` leaders and those working at grassroot level.

The Rajasthan MLA`s criticism comes just two days after senior Congress leader TH Mustafa, who called Rahul a "joker" and demanded he quit party posts, was suspended from the party.

Many Kerala leaders expressed their dissent against the national leadership of the party, especially the conduct of some Congress ministers in the Manmohan Singh government and top leadership for remaining a mute spectator.

Congress leaders like Digvijay Singh, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Jyotiraditya Scindia and many others have downplayed the recent criticism levelled against the party vice president by Congress leaders.

Bulldozed by the defeat in Lok Sabha elections party leaders like Milind Deora, Priya Dutt, Satyavrat Chaturvedi and few others had spoken against Rahul`s leadership after the humiliating defeat in the 2014 polls.