To a direct question on whether he will accept any such responsibility, Gandhi said, “None of my family members ever worked for the sake of power. Neither my father nor my grandmother.” “We are a democratic organisation. We have faith in democracy. The people of India will decide through their elected representatives, who will be the Prime Minister of the country. It is necessary for Congress to come to power in the interests of the nation and for that whatever responsibility the organisation has given me or will give me, I will carry out that with full dedication,” he said.
Slamming the BJP for its “Congress-free India” pitch, he said, “BJP today wants a personality-oriented rule, which is not in the interests of the country. The country should not be governed according to thinking of a particular person and his ways. The future of 120 crore people can be shaped up and improved only by taking everybody along.”
Maintaining that “Congress is in the DNA of this country,” Gandhi said, “BJP is talking of a Congress-free India. It does not understand that Congress alone is the political power, which has kept people of this country united.”
While answering questions regarding the future role for him in the party, Gandhi also expressed dismay at too much focus on one personality. “My question is that why all arguments come to halt on one post? Why this is debated at the national level? Why a particular person or post is discussed. Why nobody talks about reform in politics? Why nobody is ready to change the system? The talk should centre around how we change the political system,” he said.
Gandhi, who had earlier said that his party would “learn” from the Aam Admi Party, also flagged his “differences” with Arvind Kerjiwal’s party on some issues. “Our decisions should be keeping in mind the secure future of people rather than their short term gains,” the Congress vice-president said. (PTI)