New Delhi: Whether Rahul Gandhi becomes Congress president or not, the Gandhis will remain the centre of the party, says Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar.
Rahul`s grandmother Indira Gandhi and father Rajiv Gandhi
had taken over the reins of the party when they were 40.
Interestingly, Jawaharlal Nehru also became the President of
Congress at 40", Aiyar pointed out adding with a smile that
"at this rate, Rahul Gandhi is overaged".
However, the close friend of late Rajiv Gandhi said it
was for Rahul to decide when to become the President of
Aiyar was addressing a gathering at a ceremony to release
a book on Sonia Gandhi translated in Tamil by PMK leader and
writer E Ponnusamy.
Aiyar said the Nehru-Gandhi family is still the centre
of the party and they are being chosen voluntarily by
"It is not a behaviour of a dyansty. We voluntarily
elect them. It is for the people to accept or reject," he
He also noted that all these leaders had faced rebellion
from within the party and emrged victorious.
Aiyar said Sonia Gandhi wears the traditional woven
saree, that is the culture of Tamil Nadu
Highly critical of Congress in Tamil Nadu, Aiyar said the
party, which has been out of power in the state for the past
45 years, will not come back to power for the next 45 years
because of the "disconnect" between the party and people.
It was a sad state of affair that the party was behaving
like "slaves" of the Dravidian outfits to win in elections.
Speaking in Tamil, Aiyar said he deliberately did so to
introduce one of the finest langauges to the audience of north
"It is really shameful that no school in north or eastern
part of the country is making efforts to teach Tamil which is
older than Sanskrit," he said.
Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy, who released the book, dismissed the suggestions that there was a disconnect between the party and government.
"There is perfect understanding between the Prime
Minister and the Congress president. It is the party which
runs the government. The government does not run the party.
The party gave the manifesto and it is the duty of the
government to fulfill it," he said.
He also described the events to desribe the uniqueness of