Ramachandra Guha calls for change in Congress leadership

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

NEW DELHI: Historian and intellectual Ramachandra Guha today called for a substantial change in Congress leadership, suggesting that the party can only get back to its eminence by projecting Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the face of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

Known for his sharp comments against the Congress, Guha at the 10th anniversary celebrations of his book “India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Decomcary”, said India’s oldest political party was without any leader and that there is little chance of its revival under the present dispensation.

“Nobody has got any doubts that the Congress is not going to rise again anytime soon. Two years (to the next Lok Sabha election) is a long time in politics. If you get away with the Gandhi family in the leadership and if the Congress has a new leader, things can change.

There is a genuine leader in India. That is Nitish Kumar. He is a leader without a party, the Congress is a party without a leader. If Congress gives him a chance to lead the UPA, it might have a future,” Guha maintained.