Speaking at a panel discussion in Mumbai, Kulkarni said India needs a leader who can help get rid of “big problems” such as the Kashmir issue and therefore he would like to see Congress president Rahul Gandhi as the future prime minister.
“We must state what is required for solving the problem with Pakistan. And which is why I made a suggestion that I would like to see Rahul Gandhi as the future prime minister,” he said at the event organised by All India Professionals’ Congress.
Kulkarni showered praises at the Congress president and called him a “leader with good heart”.
“(Rahul Gandhi) is young and he is idealist. He is a man with compassion. No political leader in recent times had spoken the language of love, affection and compassion,” he said.
Listing disputes with Pakistan and China, the former aide of Advani said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “failed” to solve the big problems of the country.
“Like Rajiv Gandhi did when he was in the opposition... He went to Afghanistan. Similarly, Rahul ji should go to Pakistan, China, Bangladesh and emerge as a leader with new ideas on how to solve big problems that Modi ji has failed to solve,” Kulkarni said.
The remarks of Kulkarni came amid questions being raised on Gandhi’s leadership quality by the ruling BJP ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
(With PTI Inputs)