Rahul Sonia Gandhi
Source: The Sunday Times

Rahul Gandhi retirement policy is in the news now. The former Congress president told supporters that the party is seeking transformational change and not an incremental one. In of the proposals, he mentioned that party leaders above the age of 70 must retire or do not assume key positions, the Sunday Guardian reported.

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This is said to be inspired by the Marg Darshak Policy of the BJP. In BJP, people with more than 75 years of age are generally marginalized from key positions. Congress may be looking at the same angle. However, this is just a proposal.

This may create another stir among leaders. Leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad and others are already at loggerhead for changes in the party functioning. This proposal of Rahul Gandhi might not go well with the old guards.

Top Congress leaders like Azad, Ambika Soni, P Chidambaram, Digvijaya Singh, Mallikarjuna Kharge, Ashok Gehlot, Captain Amarinder Singh, V Narayanasamy, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Siddaramaiah and Kamal Nath may never be considered again for key positions.

This comes after a letter that prompted Congress to call a working committee meeting. A letter signed by 23 Congress functionaries targeted both Rahul and Sonia Gandhi. They asked for election within Congress party for Presidential post. The 23 leaders included Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, former Chief Ministers, and former UPA ministers.

Sonia Gandhi first offered to step down but later reconsidered her decision. She would assume the post for six months before the election is held. However, she said that she is hurt by the letter.

If the reports are to be believed, Gandhis have decided to quell the revolt within the party and taking action against the revolting leaders. This may be another step to put them into position. Ghulam Nabi Azad recently told that congress would be in opposition for the next 50 years if the committee and functionaries are not changed.

Rahul Gandhi retirement policy may be another jolt to the already fragile old grand party. Congress has lost two consecutive Parliamentary Elections in India very poorly. The records in the state elections are not overwhelming as well.