What is the average Congress leaders take on party president Sonia Gandhi? Off the record, he is vociferous and ready to dislodge her/quit the party/go into political sanyas. But on record, he is sugar and maple syrup-a classic flatterer who believes that Sonia is the only answer the party has. Here are some samplings of off-the-record bravado.
"Theres no escaping the fact that Sonia Gandhi has lost all grip over the party. Things are bad," confides a senior CWC member. "If the confusion over the partys position on all important issues persists, our rank and file will desert us," adds a heavyweight from MP. A prominent dissident adds: "What Jairam Ramesh, secretary of the partys economic wing, says is true. There is a crisis of confidence." "Sonia is a loser. The morale of the party is an all-time low," exclaims a Congress MP.