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Priyanka Gandhi perfect choice for Congress president, CWC to take final call: Amarinder Singh

File photo of Priyanka Gandhi. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Chandigarh Jul 29, 2019, 04.36 PM (IST)

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said Congress leaders will extend all the support if Priyanka Gandhi is chosen to take over as the party president. 

“Priyanka would be a perfect choice to take over the party reins but it would all depend on the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which alone is authorised to take a decision in the matter,” he said

This comes a day after Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had expressed frustration over the delay in the appointment of a new Congress president, saying that it was giving an impression of "drift and indecision."  

"What we are seeing is a level of disarray which is not worthy of a grand national party that we are. It will end the moment a quick efficient decision is taken and then I believe a democratic process should take place that will open up the election to other candidates," said Tharoor.

Earlier, Former President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee asked Priyanka Gandhi to take over the reins of Congress. She will drive it back to a landslide victory like her grandmother Indira Gandhi did, he said.

Veteran Congress leader and five-time MP Jai Prakash Agarwal too had insisted that Priyanka Gandhi was capable to lead the party.

On July 3, Rahul Gandhi made his resignation public as the party president. 

Rahul Gandhi had offered to step down on May 25 at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee after party's debacle in the Lok Sabha elections.

However, his offer of resignation was unanimously rejected by the CWC.

The Congress won 52 seats in the recent general elections, which is just eight more than 2014 in the outgoing Lok Sabha. 

(With inputs from agencies)