As Priyanka Gandhi Vadhra too rejected the request for taking the rein of Congress party, Congress senior leaders are seriously thinking to appoint a working president from a non-Gandhi family to take care of day-to-day work which will deburden Rahul Gandhi’s workload. There are currently seven frontrunners for the post such as Mallikarjun Kharge, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Digvijaya Singh, Kumari Selja, Mukul Wasnik, Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia.
As both the younger Gandhi siblings, Rahul and Priyanka, refused to take up the position, desperate Congress leaders tried to arrive at some consensus on other candidates, though failed to reach out at a single leader. Reports emanating from the Congress party hint at the appointment of a working president, an idea mooted by a few senior leaders.
The new appointee will take some workload off the shoulders of Rahul Gandhi. While theworking president can take care of day-to-day work, Rahul Gandhi can focus on the bigger picture and try to rejuvenate the party.Sources say leaders are now waiting for the return of Rahul Gandhi, who is in the US. Sonia Gandhi has reportedly called for a meeting of the Congress Working Committee, where leaders are likely to report that there is no consensus on a replacement for Rahul Gandhi.
The latest plan is that to name an interim working president and then go for internal elections. Priyanka Gandhi, who joined politics in January as Congress general secretary, has often been talked about as a "born leader" with several traits similar to her grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Her recent protest against the Sonbhadra massacre in Uttar Pradesh had given many party leaders hope that she was ready to take on the challenge even without her brother at the helm. But Priyanka Gandhi also refused to take up the post leaving the senior Congress leaders who approached her with this request in despair.