New Delhi : Nearly 40 years ago, playing as a substitute, hockey Olympian Aslam Sher Khan had propelled India to a World Cup trophy. Now, he wants to play the perfect ‘sub’ again – to dribble Congress out of its worst crisis ever.
Khan, a former Union Minister, has offered to take over as Congress president “on a provisional basis for two year”. Congress didn’t seem too interested, pointing out that he had resigned from the party three years ago.
In a letter to AICC chief Rahul Gandhi, Aslam Sher Khan has said that there is a sense of “despondency” in the party rank and file and that in “true sporting spirit” they should plan for the next five years. “With all humility, I would like to offer my services to the party and take responsibility as a provisional Congress President for a time-bound period of two years only,” he writes.
Speaking to a national daily, Aslam Sher Khan expressed that he is serious about his offer and considers that being from Non Nehru-Gandhi family as expressed by Rahul Gandhi who wanted someone to be the party head who does not belong to the Gandhi family, Khan finds no harm in forwarding his name for the post which Rahul is adamant to quit.
Congress spokesperson K K Mishra who had announced Aslam’s expulsion from Congress in 2017, wasn’t impressed. “I don’t want to comment on what he says or writes. He is not in Congress anymore. He had submitted his resignation from the party to the then Congress president Sonia Gandhi in 2016 which she is accepted after a few months.”