New Congress president will be Gandhi family's 'puppet', says Sushil Modi
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday took a swipe at the Congress president election process and said that whoever becomes the party chief will be a "puppet" of the Gandhi family.
"Kharge or somebody else, whoever becomes the chief, he will only be a face to show and would be a puppet of the Gandhi family as the actual decisions will be taken by them only," Sushil Modi said.
During his conversation with ANI, Modi also spoke about Congress Shashi Tharoor whose election manifesto showed a "distorted map of India" with omitted parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
"It cannot be a mistake, the way Shashi Tharoor removed Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from the map of India reflect his mentality as it is not possible to remove such an important region of the country," he said adding that his confession to the mistake, which is unforgivable, reflects Tharoor's and the Congress party's mentality.
Friday was the last day for filing nominations for the election of the Congress president, where a total of three leaders have staked their claim for the post.
According to Congress Central Election Authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry, 14 forms have been submitted by Mallikarjun Kharge, five by Shashi Tharoor and one by Jharkhand leader KN Tripathi. Kharge, who has resigned from the position of Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, has good relations with the Gandhi family, especially Rahul Gandhi.
So far, Kharge is believed as a strong candidate and if he becomes the party president, Congress will get a Dalit chief after 51 years.
Reacting to the Congress leader's comment that 'no force can stop Bharat Jodo Yatra', Sushil Modi said, "Who is stopping Rahul Gandhi from marching? Do it but while you talk about unifying the country, is India divided? Which India is it that Rahul Gandhi is talking about uniting, India is already united. It is Congress Jodo Yatra as the party is breaking up."
Congress' presidential post-election will be held on October 17 and the election results would be declared on October 19.