Rahul Gandhi firm on exit decision, says party will decide successor

Published: Jun 20, 2019, 17:12 IST | mid-day online desk

The Congress chief also maintained that there was theft in the Rafale fighter jet deal

Rahul Gandhi firm on exit decision, says party will decide successor
Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that he is sticking to his decision of exiting the Congress and the party will decide on who will be his successor and not him.

When asked who will succeed him as Congress president, Gandhi said that he is not the person to take a decision on his successor. 

Although Gandhi is adamant on stepping down as party president following the debacle in the elections, the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the Congress, has rejected his offer to resign and asked him to restructure the party at all levels.

The Congress chief also maintained that there was "theft" in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

Gandhi was responding to a question about Rafale finding a mention in President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament. "I maintain my stand that there has been theft in the Rafale jet deal," he told reporters outside Parliament.

He also said that there has been corruption in the Rafale deal and that there should be a thorough probe into the deal. The Congress has already petitioned the CVC for a probe into alleged corruption in the fighter jet deal.

On the contrary, the government has denied any corruption, wrongdoing or favouritism in the deal.

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