Rahul Gandhi still not mature, needs more time: Sheila Dikshit on Congress decline

Sheila also expressed hope that Rahul will become Congress President by the end of this year


Former Delhi Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit said that  party vice-president Rahul Gandhi is not mature and needs more time to adjust to the changing narrative of Indian politics.

Mrs. Dikhsit was responding to questions over Congress playing peripheral role in several states despite aggressive campaigning by Rahul Gandhi.

“The political language has changed quite a lot. For instance, you would not expect the PM to say what he said about former PM Manmohan Singh. In this change of approach, link, language and relationships, Congress is adjusting itself. And please remember Rahul is still not mature, his age does not allow him to be mature. He is what… in his forties. Please give him time,” said Dikisit in an interview with Times of India.

She also expressed hope that Rahul will take over the reins of the party by the end of this year.

“I believe it should happen this year. The party needs changes in leadership on posts that have been occupied for decades. The whole thing is being kept on hold waiting for Rahul.. and this should happen after these elections are over, she said.

She also criticised party’s move to release names of persons allegedly named in corporate diaries that included her name also.

“It was a brilliant idea to bring out the name of PM Modi but probably (Congress) did not fully appreciate that there were other names too, including that of your own colleagues. If you were downgrading the PM, you were also downgrading your own colleagues. What is the authenticity of the list?” she said.