Rahul Gandhi is not an option


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9 Mar 2013

 
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Rahul Gandhi is not an option

Rahul Gandhi continues to fight shy of donning the crown which fawning courtiers around him believe belongs to the Congress vice president.

In an interaction with select party MPs and journalists, the 42-year-old Nehru-Gandhi family scion said asking him whether he wants to be Prime Minister is a ‘wrong question’.

Given the fact that the chances of Congress coming to power after the next general election look bleak, Rahul Gandhi knows well that he can’t occupy the country’s top seat.

But his statement is an attempt to grab the limelight amid the rising nationwide popularity of BJP’s star performer and Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress Chintan Shivir at Jaipur in January was an attempt to build a political foundation for the 42-year-old leader. He was formally annointed as vice president, the official number-two of the party.

Ever since Rahul took over the reins of the party, Congress has gotten busy wrapping him in glamour. He is being projected as a ‘game changer’. The Congress is sanguine about the fourth generation Gandhi’s potential to bring a ‘refreshing change’ in the party’s working. Rahul on the other hand, promised “drastic and lasting changes” in the working of the party. “The Congress is now my life and people of India are my life,” he said.

A product of pedigree politics, Rahul reached great heights in Congress overnight. But he can’t be Prime Minister simply on the basis of wishes. To do the country’s top job, he needs to prove his abilities. But, does the senior Congress leader exhibit any such qualities at all?

It should not be forgotten that Rahul Gandhi took a lead in Congress’s campaign in the Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Assembly elections. The Congress suffered crushing defeats in all three States.

Rahul Gandhi’s position on the galaxy of problems that face the nation today is not known to us. Having failed to inspire popular confidence time and again, a naive Rahul faces a serious credibility crisis as a politician.

Congress’s ploy to project Rahul Gandhi as a youth icon hasn’t moved many. It is important to mention that more and more young people on social networks support Narendra Modi and any mention of the Congress vice president is negligible.

Rahul Gandhi and Congress know that Modi’s popularity is increasing by leaps and bounds. The party can’t just brush aside the fact that amid rampant corruption, good governance has become a casualty under its decades-long rule. Hence, if BJP projects the Gujarat Chief Minister as its prime ministerial candidate, the party will walk away with a clear-cut majority.


Saswat Panigrahi is Senior Editor (News) at NitiCentral. He is a journalist having a natural interest in observing the political jigsaw with a concern for issues affecting the common man’s life. A swayamsevak in his own right, he is an ardent supporter of cultural nationalism. He has worked with The Pioneer and Zee News.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=907335640 Kapil Goyal

    Niticentral is losing depth in its articles. Specially, on weekends we should have detailed articles on various topics including the one above. We could have written about his poor academic record, no governance record and minority appeasement stance. Hope niticentral would take this feedback, positively.

    • DoesItMatter

      I agree, NitiCentral is fast losing its charm. Instead of sound articles with good arguments, it is making mountain out of mole hills. Pretty soon, readers are going to be turned off.

  • Bapty.s

    SORRY. NO COMMENTS, MR SASWAT NO I’LL WILL OR. REMARKS ON YOUR ARTICLE, BUT. IF BHARAT WASIYON, THAT’S OUR DEAR INDIANS. ESPECIALLY 850 MILLION. YOUNG. VOTERS EVER MAKE. THE MISTAKE AGAIN VOTING FOR CONGRESS. ,THEIR. NATION IS GONE.

    MAKES LITTLE DIFF. WHO THEY APPOINT AS P.M. BUT OFCOURSE. ,ALL THESE ARE MENINGLESS. TALK AND ACADEMICALLY, BUT. ONE. HAS TO SAY A FEW WORDS.

    NITI CENTRAL, SHRI KANCHAN. HATS OFF TO YOU FOR. PROVIDING. INDIA. A GREAT HONEST TRUTHFUL WEBSITE. VERY REFRESHING. ALONG WITH MORNING TEA. PL KEEP IT UP. THANK YOU.

  • Sampath R

    Please elaborate, who is this bl*** f*** Gandhi is he.. Sonia Gandhi ki beta,, brother-in-law Robert Vadra

  • S. Kumar

    Neither Rahul nor his father are/were PM material. But vested interests in India and outside are intent on promoting him for their own interests. He is just a sacrificial lamb. The poor fellow is simply scared of facing Narendra Modi, the mismatch is too glaring.

  • Jitendra Desai

    Agree with Kapil above.This article is below standard.NiTi Central has a role to play in this media format.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=907335640 Kapil Goyal

    Just that I m interpreted right – I totally agree with the article. Also, only niticentral seems to be the protector of truth in mediacrooks world. I wish Niti guys all the best.

    However, on the article argumentation could have been stronger.

  • Om Prakash Sharma

    Congress is going to win this election on the back of Food Security which will convert every Indian a beggar of food than his food earner

    • Jitendra Desai

      Dear Om Prakash, In 2008-9 they waived farmers’ loans worth 72000 crores but lost all those rural seats [ they won so many urban seats last time] Unlike Congress, NAC and Commies, Indian voter has come off age.He/she will collect those grains and vote these thugs out.

  • Om Prakash Sharma

    Dear Jitendra,
    It was because loan waiver never reached the real beneficiary and it was only given to the Congress favorite recommended by Congress Pradesh Committee President and was cornered by big farmers and some illegal people( Read CAG report). Any way I too hope that people have become wise and reject this thug Congress