Priyanka dismisses reports of her joining active politics as baseless rumours
NEW DELHI: Seeking to scotch the intense speculation
about her taking up a significant post in the Congress party, Priyanka Gandhi on
Friday dismissed it as ‘conjecture’ and ‘baseless rumours’.
“The constant conjecture about my assuming various
posts in the Congress party and the manner in which this issue is brought up at
opportune moments is incorrect,” Gandhi said in a brief statement here.
“I would be very grateful to all concerned if they
desisted from encouraging such baseless rumours,” she added. Her remarks seek to
put a lid on speculation that she could formally join the party either in the
capacity of a general secretary in the AICC or the chief of UP Congress.
Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza had yesterday said
that the party wants all three members of Gandhi family to take leadership
role, lending credence to the speculation.
“Everybody from all over India want that all members
of Gandhi family should come in politics. We want that all three of them should
take the leadership role in the party (Hum Chaahte Hain ki tinon party ki
kamaan samhale),” Oza had said. Sonia Gandhi is Congress President and Rahul is
On Wednesday, senior Congress leader and a Gandhi family
loyalist Oscar Fernandes had said that Priyanka should have a more active role
in the Congress” and that she should take up an “important responsibility”.
When asked if Priyanka’s entry would not be treated as
a vote of no-confidence in Rahul, he had said, “There is no comparison. Rahul
is vice-president of the party, Sonia is president. Another member of the
Gandhi family would strengthen the party.”
A few months ago, a top leader had indicated that
Priyanka’s role would not be of replacing Rahul but supplementing him in
running the party.
A banner put out in Allahabad a couple of days back
read “Congress ka Moon, Priyanka is coming soon (The key face of Congress
Priyanka is joining politics soon).”