Beyond weepy show, seeking V-P Rahul
The strong outpouring of emotions on the proscenium at the Birla auditorium on Sunday evening, for sure, reflected and re-affirmed their bond with the next generation of the Nehru-Gandhi family. But Rahul Gandhi’s real test starts now.
The new vice-president of the Congress lambasted the “system” — incidentally the same system that party president Sonia Gandhi evolved and presided over in the party for the past 15 years, that brought the Congress back to power in 2004 after a gap of eight years, and that got it a renewed mandate in 2009. His mother laughed affectionately as he spoke.
Rahul got applause from the Youth Congress and NSUI delegates when he thundered that a billion Indians want a say in government, politics and administration and it cannot be decided by “a handful of people behind closed doors”. But again, it was not clear who he was referring to. A natural surmise would be the ruling Congress’s core group, but that comprises Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister, among others.
If he was playing to the gallery in addressing the “alienated” youth, who have of late been taking their grievances to the streets, Rahul may have to do much more than outmatch Arvind Kejriwal’s rant against the system. He had nothing concrete to convey, for example, to the agitating youth in Telangana, or to the
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