However, when asked if Gandhi would campaign beyond the Nehru-Gandhi bastions of Amethi and Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, Singh said “the decision would be hers and the family’s”.
The AICC general secretary said that while Gandhi bore a “striking resemblance” to her grandmother Indira, it remains to be seen if she has the same abilities.
Singh said the delay in Rahul Gandhi taking over as the Congress president was not hurting the party’s prospects. “This decision is to be taken by the Congress president (Sonia Gandhi), and she will do it when the time comes,” he added.
keen on Priyanka Gandhi as grand alliance face for UP polls
The party general secretary also refused to discuss the exit poll results of the recent assembly polls, stating that he does not trust them. “They are too hypothetical,” he said.
The exit polls conducted on Monday predicted that the Congress would lose to the Left in Kerala and the BJP in Assam. Even its unprecedented coalition with the Left in West Bengal would not succeed in trumping the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, they said.
Singh refused to believe that the efforts of Nitish Kumar, Janata Dal(United) president and Bihar chief minister, to prop up a broad non-BJP front to defeat the ruling party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would turn out to be a non-starter. “No. It’s not that. The Mahaghatbandhan worked in Bihar,” he said.
However, Singh said the Congress would be party to such an initiative only if the party president and its working committee took a policy decision in this regard.
His assessment of Narendra Modi’s two-year tenure as Prime Minister was short: “Very high on publicity, very low on performance.”