Congress rules out Rahul Gandhi name from Uttar Pradesh CM candidate


The new buzz has taken over Congress’ CM candidature in Uttar Pradesh as the Congress Party rolls out the vice president Rahul Gandhi’s name with the growing speculations, saying him a national leader.

Recently appointed party general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “The party would reinforce itself in Uttar Pradesh before declaring a chief ministerial candidate in the key assembly polls early next year.”

Azad added, “Uttar Pradesh chief minister will be announced at the appropriate time. Rahul Gandhi is our national leader and there is no question of him being a chief minister.”

“We will project a Congress face before the polls, but only after getting the party strengthened in the state.” He said when asked about whether Priyanka Gandhi would be the leading the charge.

The leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, who has been made in-charge of the Uttar Pradesh affairs, said his party will work to alert people about the forces, which divide them in the name of religion.

“In the previous one year, we have seen the way Muzaffarnagar incident happened and Mathura and Kairana incidents took place’ the kind of statements Uttar Pradesh’s BJP leaders are making, it stimulates controversies, so these are just an attempt to ‘build-up’ an atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh to divide people on the basis of religion,” Azad said.

He further blamed the Centre in failing to check those people who are parting society in the name of religion.

“On the other side, they (Centre) is providing them assistance. The Centre is itself involved in a conspiracy of dividing people in the name of religion for the vote bank politics,” he added.

He further said several parties are involved in polarisation for the sake of votes.

“It would be better if they fight elections on their policies and achievements,” he added.