Actor-turned-politician and Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha has backed Priyanka Gandhi, party's general secretary, for the top post as the grand old party continues to reel under a severe leadership crisis after Rahul Gandhi quit as its chief.
"It's my humble appeal that she would be apt as the party president to lead ahead. It will be a shot in the arm," Sinha tweeted.
Sinha said Priyanka's leadership will boost the Congress party, in particular, and political parties, in general. "She is a role model of a truly dedicated leader. Other political parties should learn and follow her too," he added.
The former BJP leader, who joined the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, also compared the Congress General Secretary to her late grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi.
Yesterday/day before the timely involvement by the most popular, bold, dynamic leader of Congress #PriyankaGandhi for #SonbhadraMassacre was reminiscent of the late & great Madam Gandhi. During her Belchi days she had travelled on an Elephant. Priyanka broached everything with— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) July 22, 2019
"Day before, the timely involvement of Congress' most popular, bold, dynamic leader Priyanka Gandhi for Sonebhadra massacre was reminiscent of the late and great Madam Gandhi. During her Belchi days, she had travelled on an elephant. Priyanka broached everything with determination, commitment and courted arrest with a smile," he wrote on Twitter.
determination, commitment & courted arrest with a smile. Her being in custody was uncalled for. She displayed tremendous composure in those circumstances. It's my humble appeal that she would be apt as the party President to lead ahead. It will be a shot in the arm— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) July 22, 2019
Sinha added that her detention by the UP police was uncalled for. She displayed tremendous composure under such circumstances, he said.
Priyanka spent a night at a guest house in Uttar Pradesh's Mirzapur after she was stopped from paying a visit to the families of the victims of Sonbhadra shooting. However, the standoff between Priyanka and UP government ended after the families travelled to Mirzapur and met her.
Days later, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had pinned the blame on the Congress party, saying the roots of the land dispute that caused the death of 10 people could be traced to 50 years ago when the grand old party was in power.
(With inputs from IANS)