Senior Congress leader and former MLA Marri Shashidhar Reddy have suggested that the process to elect a new president in the wake of Rahul Gandhi's decision to step down should be expedited and an interim chief is put in place for the confidence of the party's rank and file.
"I think there is a need to expedite it. Because the feedback from the grassroots level is that the party cadre is growing restless. What appears to be a leadership vacuum should not be allowed to continue for long," Reddy, son of former chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh Marri
Channa Reddy told PTI here. "The perceived vacuum should not be allowed to continue particularly in the light of alleged use of money power and all kinds of intimidation by the BJP to wean away people from other parties," he said.
"When I interact with people at the grassroots level, they ask me what should we do... (where are we heading). This question should not creep into the minds of Congress cadres and workers at the lower level. Because, they are the base," Reddy said. The hardcore Congress workers, small or big, form the
nucleus and the vacuum is creating anxiety in their minds which is not good for the party, he asserted. "We may be down, but we will not be out," he said.
Reddy, also a former vice-chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), suggested that an interim president be declared for the party immediately as it cannot
made it very clear. So, it cannot be a headless organisation. Let there be an interim president... At least, that will give some confidence to the people," Reddy said.
The delay (in arriving at a decision about the replacement of Gandhi) is understandable as Gandhi's decision has stunned everybody, but there is a provision to declare the senior-most general secretary as interim president in case the president quits, he said. Shashidhar Reddy, a staunch Congressman, had earlier
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