- 'Would like Rahul Gandhi to be more accessible': Sheila Dikshit to NDTV
- He should spend time at Congress headquarters like his mother, she said
- "The whole place would start buzzing again," the Congress veteran said
"I would like Rahul Gandhi to be more accessible," Ms Dikshit, 79, who served three consecutive terms as Chief Minister of the national capital said.
In this, she recalled, that Mrs Gandhi too - when she took charge of the party's reins 19 years ago - would spend about two or three hours in the party headquarters every morning. "Rahul must do the same," she said. If he does take her advice, she was sure that the Congress headquarters "start buzzing" again and not wear the desolate look it has after the party's performance in the recent assembly elections. "The whole place would start buzzing".
She asserted that Mr Gandhi did have the leadership qualities, some of it inherited, and was working hard to change the leadership quality. She was dismissive of a suggestion that he hadn't been very successful at it. "How would you say that," she shot back, hopeful that the party would bounce back to power, and prominence in some time. "It has in the past too," she said.