Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday said that former Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi appears to lack the “consistency” needed to be accepted by the country as its leader. Pawar, an ally of the Congress, however, took exception to Barack Obama’s unflattering comments on the Congress leader. Also Read - Samples of Poultry From 16 Maharashtra Districts Test Positive For Bird Flu | Complete List Here

Asked about the Congress’s future and if Rahul Gandhi was becoming a “hurdle” for the party, Pawar said the leadership of any party depends on what kind of acceptance he or she has within the organisation. Also Read - 7 Fall Ill From Hydrogen Sulphide Gas Poisoning at Plant in Raigad

“Though I had differences with (Congress chief) Sonia Gandhi and the family, even today Congressmen have a sense of affection for the Gandhi-Nehru family,” the NCP chief, who quit the Congress over the leadership issue two decades ago, said. Also Read - Rift in BJP Ahead of Bengal Elections 2021, Workers Clash at Party Offices, Torch Vehicles

Pawar was being interviewed by Lokmat Media chairman and former MP Vijay Darda.

When asked if the country was ready to accept Rahul Gandhi as leader, Pawar said, “There are some questions in this regard. There seems to be less consistency.

Obama, in his recently published memoir, has said that the Congress leader appeared to be like a student eager to impress the teacher but lacking aptitude and passion to master the subject. Asked about this, Pawar said it was not necessary that we should accept everybody’s view.

“I can say anything about the leadership in our country. But I will not talk about the leadership in another country. One should maintain that limit….I think Obama crossed that limit,” he said.

(With PTI Inputs)