Rahul G In Da House
It was at short notice, but on February 17, journalists were called to attend a Rahul Gandhi press briefing at 10, Janpath, the official residence of his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. As journalists queued up for the usual security checks, the party old guard trooped in one by one—Mohsina Kidwai, A.K. Antony, Janardhan Dwivedi, M.L. Fotedar, Ambika Soni.... They were there for the party’s election committee meeting later and hung back at the briefing. Though Rahul once again disappointed (before most reporters were seated, he was in and out after pressing the point that it was he who had got the government to accept the one post, one pension demand, a long-standing grievance with the armed forces), the signals were clear—the young Gandhi would be the face, the voice and the mind of the Congress in this elections.
Be it the party website, TV promos or print ads, Rahul and his ideas are the party campaign. He’s the man calling the meetings for a more “inclusive party manifesto”, he’s the one meeting various sections of society in different cities and areas to shape it. Indeed, there seems to be no other recognisable faces visibly involved in these processes. At the same time, Rahul is also making changes at the organisational level, youths selected by him are the faces of the future, from district-level bodies to the national level. So there’s a Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan, powering ahead of C.P. Joshi and Ashok Gehlot; there’s Arun Yadav and Jyotiraditya Scindia in MP rustling the likes of Digvijay Singh. (In fact, press releases notifying changes in the order—at all levels—have been frequent of late.)
Interestingly, the Congress is undergoing this overhaul just before a general election when the UPA-2 is battling weakening alliances and anti-incumbency. Is it then the right time for such experiments? “Of course, the party is undergoing a change; changes in the system, structure...we’re moving towards being a more open party. I am witnessing what we saw during Rajivji’s time. We were picked by him when we, the younger generation, were least known faces,” says party general secretary Digvijay Singh. He refuses to accept that there is any unease within the party. But then he adds a caveat, “It’s not good for anyone to be in the chair and then be disappointed or frustrated when it comes to handing over charge.” Another party voice close to Rahul says, “This is the right time to choose a new team. Newcomers should start taking up tasks when things are to be done from scratch.”
Congress insiders have another take on this. “This election isn’t going to be the defeat of Rahulji. Rather, if it happens the way the media is predicting, it would be the defeat of the UPA-2 coalition. Rahul will emerge as a more powerful leader in the party post-elections,” this leader says. So, with defeat an admitted possibility, there’s also some reluctance among senior leaders about facing elections this time. They are more keen on “helping the organisation”. But it can’t be helped, the party might ask some of them to contest anyway. Observers see this as an easier situation for Rahul to handle, as any ‘election losses’ would also stymie unrest.
Well, transitions are never smooth. The more important question is of the outcome and the timing of the change. Is this going to help the party in the upcoming elections or is this the start of preparations for the one after this? The party, and in some ways the country, is looking for answers to Rahul Gandhi. He has loads of work ahead.
who are they saluting .. The Tricolour ? or the one who is absent in this motly group of white topiwalas, Shrimati Congress Adhyaksha ?
why are all these hypocrates wearing shoes and chappals while (pretending to) show respect to the flag ??
Respect for your flag and your motherland comes from the heart and these morons do not have a heart. they have an empty wallet in that place which never fills up, no matter how much money they eat.
2 D Pramod
The only one who counts, in the above frame, is a female - which explains the countless antimale laws she has forced the rest to sign up to.
Why does nt Rahul reserve nursing jobs for males, for a balance?
Males take to politics naturally - like feminists have captured most employment jobs, and nursing, for eg.
Why grudge males jobs that they have fought their lives for, by reserving it?
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