In the middle of critical negotiations in the Congress for the top job in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Sonia Gandhi asked who she thought would be chief minister, said: “Please ask Rahul”.
Her son and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has the tough work today of deciding chief ministers for the three big states won by the party on Tuesday.
“We are getting inputs from different people in the party – from MLAs, from workers… We are seeking a comprehensive answer to what the Congress party and others feel… of course you have to see a chief minister soon,” he told reporters as he left parliament to return to his party office to visit the two sets of leaders fighting for the chief minister’s post in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan – Kamal Nath, JyotiradityaScindia, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.
On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi took the unusual step of sending an audio message to over two lakh party workers in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh and urging them to use an app to show their choice of chief minister.
Talking to NDTV, Rahul Gandhi said it was an attempt to connect with the party workers and get them to communicate, and also an effort to find out who would be suitable for the top post.
Sonia Gandhi, who gave the party reins to her son after 19 years last December, agreed that he was attempting something “different and refreshing”. “An experiment, but this is a good experiment,” she said.