Actor-turned-politician and Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha yesterday said Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should head the party.
“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.
He said Priyanka’s leadership will be a boost for the Congress party in particular and political parties in general. “She is a role model of a true dedicated leader. Other political parties should learn and follow her too,” he added.
The former Bharatiya Janata Party leader, who joined the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, also compared Priyanka to her late grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi.
“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 tweeted.
Sinha added that her detention by the Uttar Pradesh police was uncalled for. She displayed tremendous composure in those circumstances, he said.
Meanwhile, Congress members in both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha protested outside parliament over her detention in Uttar Pradesh.
The MPs gathered near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue raising slogans.
Lok Sabha member Ravneet Singh Bittu told IANS that they were protesting against the Modi government over the illegal detention of Priyanka when she was on her way to Sonebhadra to meet victims of caste violence.
Also yesterday, the Rajya Sabha witnessed chaotic scenes, with Congress members tearing papers and throwing them in the air. Amid the uproar, Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh adjourned the proceedings.
It was the third disruption during the day.
The members were protesting against the twin issues of Karnataka political crisis and the killing of tribals in Sonbhadra.
They shouted slogans and accused the Modi government of being “anti-Dalit” and said it won’t be allowed to remain in office.
The deputy chairman repeatedly urged the protesting members to take their seats and allow the House to function.