Rahul Gandhi not being allowed to function independently: Digvijay
New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi “feels very strongly” that he is not being allowed to function independently by “vested interests” in the party, said Congress party general secretary Digvijay Singh Wednesday.
In an interview with Headlines Today, Digvijay Singh said Rahul Gandhi was “not running away” and he is “made of sterner stuff”.
Digvijay Singh said that Gandhi had held consultations on the future roadmap of the Congress before going on leave. He acknowledged that he was surprised when he learnt about the latter’s leave, adding he came to know about it from journalists.
Asked if Gandhi was frustrated at not being allowed to function freely within the party, Digvijay Singh said: “I’m not sure of that, only he can answer. One thing I know that he feels very strongly that he is not being allowed to function independently.”
When asked who was stopping him Singh said “the party itself”, adding: “Vested interests in the party.”
He discounted any difference between party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, saying they had a good bonding but they were different in their thinking due to the age gap, a feature which exists in all families.
Digvijay Singh also mentioned Congress workers in Delhi were more disillusioned with Rahul Gandhi than their colleagues from other units in the country.
“Time has come for him to aggressively come out on issues. He should be seen more. People want to know what Rahul Gandhi stands for. What is Rahul Gandhi’s development strategy for the country,” he added.