Delhi Congress wants Rahul Gandhi as Congress president, passes resolution

Rahul Gandhi to launch Himachal Pradesh poll campaign Oct 7 amid infighting in state unit

Rahul Gandhi to launch Himachal Pradesh poll campaign Oct 7 amid infighting in state unit

Recently, Congress leader Sachin Pilot had confirmed the news that Rahul Gandhi may take over as Congress president.

On Saturday, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee passed a similar resolution at a meeting attended by its chief Ajay Maken, former prime minister Manmohan Singh among others.

Virbhadra Singh held a meeting with the government officials and Congress workers.

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Clearing indicating that the party stands behind Virbhadra Singh, who is facing cases of disproportionate property and is out on bail, he said: "Virbhadra Singh ji has done tremendous development as six-time Chief Minister". HP government opened four medical colleges, 57 degree colleges as opposite to Gujarat where just 25 degree colleges have been opened and no medical college during last five years. "Not only this, the NDA government imposed Goods and Service Tax (GST) on the people of the country which had forced lakhs of small and medium traders to close their shop", said Gandhi. "And the ground situation is that 30,000 job seekers are being added every 24 hours but only 450 persons are getting jobs per day while our competitor China is giving jobs to 50,000 persons every day, " he said.

He said that Himachal Pradesh had provided employment to around 70,000 youth in government sector besides strengthening health and educational institutions in the state. This was the biggest blow on the Indian economy, he said. Referring to the plight of farmers, Gandhi stated that the maximum suicides amongst them are taking place in the BJP-ruled states. "Neither they (the BJP governments) give bonus nor did they help them".

He said, "If someone felt disenchanted and felt that if the party was not doing things right and therefore wanted to withdraw from politics, he would have respected them".

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The senior Congress leader said that the party is hopeful that he (Rahul Gandhi) will announce his decision to lead the party very soon.

Rahul's endorsement of Virbhadra as the party's chief ministerial candidate comes in the backdrop of intense infighting in the party.

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