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Rahul has given excellent hope for Cong in Guj: Veerappa Moily

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

vice president Rahul Gandhi has given "excellent hope" for the party to make a comeback in poll-bound through his leadership, senior leader said.

Moily, however, was not sure whether Gandhi would take over as the president before the assembly elections, scheduled on November 9.

"That can't be said, there is a process, you know," he said.

The former Union minister expressed confidence that Gandhi would be the "face of the country" in 2019 and become prime minister.

On the Congress's prospects in the upcoming elections in and Himachal Pradesh, he said his party would definitely return to power in the western state, and that he sees "no problems".

"As far as is concerned, Rahulji has undertaken a very intense tour there," Moily told PTI.

"Originally it (Gujarat) was a state (before came to power), but now I think the Congress will repeat its success definitely with greater vigour because we have the chances and Rahulji has, in particular, given excellent hope and leadership in Gujarat. The Congress will come back in both the states," he said.

The Congress leader said the organisational elections are in the "final stages".

Asked if there will be contenders against for the party president's post, Moily said, "It's not an answer I should give you. He (Rahul Gandhi) will be the president."

"Things (under as Congress president) will change radically; he will give a new face. He has enough experience in the party as also in government. He will be the real face of the country in 2019 and come back as prime minister," Moily said.

On the view that the Congress is facing an "existential crisis", he said the party's opponents have been putting forth such arguments for a long time now.

"We are not bothered about it. The Congress always emerges back; whenever people can think that they can finish it off, the Congress always emerges successfully. There is no problem," he said.

Moily had hinted in September that may assume charge as party president this month.

"Everybody (in the Congress) feels it is (his elevation) delayed. Now, he (Rahul) is waiting for the organisational elections. He would like to emerge as the president of All India Congress Committee (AICC) only out of the election process," he had said last month.

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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 14:48 IST