Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot
JAIPUR: Deputy chief minister and Pradesh Congress Committee head Sachin Pilot on Thursday said Rahul Gandhi should again take over as party president.
“It is our demand that Rahul Gandhi should lead the party once again,” Pilot told reporters at the party office here. He said the CWC had already passed a unanimous resolution, putting faith in his leadership and requested Rahul Gandhi to rethink on his decision to quit. He said Rahul Gandhi should take up the leadership role again and both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are taking this matter seriously.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot had also reportedly advocated bringing back Rahul Gandhi to the post of party president at a recently held CWC meeting.
His demand came as Gandhi has sharpened his attack on the Modi government for its handling of the border row with China and over increasing fuel prices. “The prices of diesel and petrol have been rising constantly and putting pressure on the people. We demand the Centre to roll back the price hike,” Pilot said. He said the party will hold demonstrations at all district headquarters on June 29 against the price hike.
He said the Congress workers also sent memorandum to the president asking Central government to roll back the fuel price hike.
Pilot said even as people are reeling under economic hardships due to lockdown and economic recession, the Central government has been continuously increasing fuel prices for the past 17 days and this has had a cascading effect on the prices of essential commodities.
He said the government is doing this while the crude prices at the international market have been falling consecutively. Pilot said the economy was in the doldrums even before the lockdown. Now, after the lockdown, the Central government has been hiking prices of petroleum products regularly, breaking the backbone of the common people.