Firm on his decision to step down as president of Congress party, Rahul Gandhi today (Thursday, June 20) said it was up to the party to decide on his successor.
“I am not the right person to make a decision and will not get involved in that process,” he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Underscoring that there has to be “accountability in the system”, he said, according to a NDTV report, “I am not going to get involved in that process, otherwise it will complicate things and the party has to decide.”
Gandhi is adamant on stepping down as party president following the debacle in the elections, but the CWC, the highest decision making body of the Congress, has rejected his offer to resign and asked him to restructure the party at all levels.
Rahul Gandhi also said he was firm on his stand on the Rafale fighter aircraft deal and that there was ‘corruption’ in the pact.
“My stand on Rafale is the same. There has been corruption,” he said in response to journalists’ queries on the reference to the Rafale aircraft in President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament.
“I maintain my stand that there has been theft in the Rafale jet deal,” he told reporters outside Parliament. He has been maintaining 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.
The government has denied any corruption, wrongdoing or favouritism in the deal.