Rahul runs Congress, Sonia Gandhi party president for namesake: Naidu

The union minister's comments come after Congress's defeats in the recently-concluded assembly elections at UP and Uttrakhand.

Published: 18th March 2017 12:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th March 2017 12:39 PM   |  A+A-

Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi. | (File Photo/PTI)

By ANI

HYDERABAD: Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday took potshots at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi saying he had been running the grand old party for the last ten years, while his mother Sonia Gandhi was the party national president only for namesake.

"Rahulji has been running the party for the last ten years. Soniaji is the national president only for namesake," he said.

"The Congress is a sinking ship come what may," he added.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's comments come after the Congress was defeated in the recently-concluded assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand by a huge margin.

The Congress also failed to form government in Goa and Manipur despite finishing as the single largest party in both states.

Ever since then, political leaders have been pointing fingers at the Congress leadership, especially Rahul Gandhi.

Meanwhile, the BJP is slated to hold its party legislature meeting in Lucknow today in order to elect the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Naidu and BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav will also be present at the meeting as party’s central observers. The swearing-in ceremony of the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister will be held at the Kanshiram memorial ground tomorrow.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah will also attend the ceremony.

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