New Delhi, March 17: It could be the last chance to save the sinking Congress party, but Rahul Gandhi's elevation to party President's post may not go down well with many senior leaders, former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi has said.
In an interview to Scroll.in, Jogi said that if Rahul becomes the party president, some senior leaders may quit as there are two opinions in the party with respect to the Gandhi scion's elevation.
Jogi said that there are several party leaders who doubt Rahul's ability to lead and revive the party.
"I don't deny that the party is divided with regard to Rahul Gandhi's elevation as Congress president. There are two opinions on this issue but it is wrong to describe this division as as a general divide between the old guard and the younger leaders," he said.
"I also admit there is a view among party workers that he is inaccessible. But those who have met him are convinced that he has it in him to take us out of this current mess. I think once Rahul realises that his inaccessibility is an issue bothering the workers, there is no reason why he will not correct himself in this context," he added.
There are 2 opinions in the party over Rahul's elevation: Jogi
Jogi says that Rahul has been at the receiving end of the media. He also denies any major exodus from the party if Rahul becomes the president. "But there is a possibility that some renonwed state leaders who do not want Rahul to take over will leave the party," he said.
Admitting to the party's electoral defeat, Jogi says that the party is facing its worse ever crisis but is also hopeful that the party will bounce back.
This comes after reports of Rahul Gandhi being elevated to Congress' president post in April have been doing the rounds.