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Sonia Gandhi too doesn’t want Rahul Gandhi to lead the Congress

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  • July 15, 2017
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The Congress is fighting two wars at the same time–one against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the second against its very own, Rahul Gandhi. While the first one is an open challenge to the Congress to arrest the growing popularity of Modi, the other one is a far trickier battle. It’s the Congress’ “internal” fight to decide whether its current vice president Rahul Gandhi should or should not be the face of the grand old party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which is just two years down the line.

With each passing day, the Congress’ dilemma surrounding the “Rahul question” is fast growing. Since, 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress under the leadership of Rahul is losing elections after elections. The party has been almost wiped out of the country. No matter how many chances the party veterans have given to Rahul, he has always disappointed them. After Rahul’s “dramatic” attempt to enter Mandsaur, MP, where five farmers were killed in a police firing, the Congress VP decided that he was too tired to work more and took almost a month-long vacation in Italy.

Several senior leaders of the Congress are unhappy that every time there is a crucial issue plaguing the nation, which could well be used against the Modi government, Rahul leaves the party “orphan” and goes on a holiday. If reports are to be believed, even party president and mother Sonia Gandhi is “upset” with Rahul’s non-committal behaviour and repeated failure to give some resemblance to the shaky boat of the Congress. The most recent shake-up in the Congress–the announcement of the party’ communication committee–dominated by senior leaders such as P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Azad, is an indication how Rahul and his teammates are being sidelined by the party.

The party insiders say that there are many reasons why Rahul won’t lead the party, prominent among them are–Rahul himself is reluctant to take the charge, a series of “flop shows” has left Rahul vulnerable, humiliating defeat of the Congress in the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly polls under Rahul’s leadership and Rahul’s flip-flop regarding meeting the Chinese envoy, to name a few. If reports of Rahul’s demotion are true, it is a matter of “celebrations” for not only the disgruntled workers of the Congress but also for the country, which definitely needs a strong opposition leader to counter the Modi regime, which is fast turning “dictatorial” in many fronts.

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