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The Show Of Hands

Rahul Gandhi is pushing for change in election season. Is the timing right?

The Show Of Hands
Tribhuvan Tiwari
The Show Of Hands
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Rahul G In Da House

  • Rahul leads the Congress party, from banners, ads, Election 2014 campaign to party reorganisation, appointments of young leaders.
  • More than the elections, the focus is on the party, it seems. Rahul is radical in choosing allies, dealing with the coalition, even finalising tickets.
  • Disappointment, unease among the party old school. Since most are not mass leaders, they have no option but to keep themselves in assembly line.
  • Rahul is being criticised for repeated mistakes: the staid replies, one-way communication, other immature moves.

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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.

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