New Delhi: Amid speculation that Rahul
Gandhi may take up a larger role in the party, Home Minister P
Chidambaram on Monday said elders at some point of time must step
back and give way to younger leaders.
Addressing the National Convention of Youth Congress, he
recalled that 40 years ago when he had attended a similar
convention in Kolkata, he had felt that the older leadership
make way for younger leaders.
Chidambaram said that he still felt the same way. "I
firmly believe older leaders at some time must step back and
give way to young leaders," he said.
Noting that Congress has to fight several battles,
including a formidable one in Uttar Pradesh, he said however
tough the battle may appear to be, Congress party, Youth
Congress and Rahul Gandhi will triumph.
"He (Rahul) will take the battle to every part of the
country and eventually Congress will triumph," Chidambaram
The Home Minister maintained that Congress party has
always stuck to the "middle ground" and that it did not
support any extremist ideology whether it was Left or Right.
Chidambaram said people want Congress to occupy the
middle ground, a space which no other party can claim to
AICC general secretary Birender Singh said that Congress
has weakened whenever the "hand of Nehru-Gandhi family was
not with it." The party, which had witnessed many splits, has
remained united since Sonia Gandhi took over as it chief, he
Noting that communal and corrupt forces have joined hands
to attack Congress, Singh said, "If anybody can take a
forward leap and challenge this power, it is the youth
under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi."
Referring to Rahul, he said, "If anything can ensure
Congress success, especially in the adverse circumstances, it
will be your leadership."