TNIE online survey: This is not the right time for Rahul Gandhi's elevation, 46 per cent respondents say

An online survey conducted by newindianexpress.com had over 2600 participants in which 46 per cent, felt that this was not the right time for Rahul Gandhi to take charge as Congress president.

Published: 16th December 2017 10:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th December 2017 10:36 PM   |  A+A-

Rahul Gandhi is the new president of the Congress party. (Twitter | INCIndia)

By Online Desk

An online survey conducted by newindianexpress.com had over 2600 participants in which 46 per cent, felt that this was not the right time for Rahul Gandhi to take charge as Congress president.

However, an overwhelming majority of more than 70 per cent were sure that Sonia Gandhi should not continue as Congress President. With some Congress insiders hinting that the former president could possibly head an advisory panel or continue to lead the Congress lawmakers in parliament, a majority of our respondents, as much as 50 per cent, felt that her role would not diminish in the future.

Interestingly, in terms of politics in internal party power, 47 per cent of the people surveyed felt that Rahul Gandhi should have taken a cabinet berth during the Manmohan Singh rule from 2004-2014.

After party leader Shehzad Poonawalla's allegation that the Congress presidential election was rigged, it was interesting to note that an overwhelming number of respondents, as many as over 1100, felt that Congress had others leaders better capable of leading the party. However, Priyanka Gandhi was not favoured as an alternate choice by a majority, nearly 800 respondents, to take over from her mother Sonia as Congress chief.

During nomination filing, senior party leader Dr Manmohan Singh had called Rahul, 'a darling of the Congress', and many other veteran leaders too had words of praise for Gandhi scion. The respondents were, however, half-hearted about how veterans in the party supported Rahul Gandhi's elevation with 41 per cent saying the new chief had the support of the veteran while 37 per cent didn't support the elevation.

Recently, Shehzad Poonawalla blamed dynasty politics for Congress' defeat in the Uttar Pradesh civic polls. Dynasty politics may or may not be working in Congress' favour, but either way, over 1000 respondents felt that dynasty politics will continue in India's grand old party.

Will the wind of change in Congress make a difference in the 2019 general elections? A majority of people surveyed don't think so. A vast majority of 63 per cent in fact also said that Rahul's elevation would not be of much help for the party in forming a possible grand alliance.

 

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