The young Gandhis — may not campaign in the five states going to polls next month and May.
Rahul is said to be nursing an injury on his foot, and Varun is miffed with his party, the BJP, again.
Rahul is not too enthusiastic with the Congress’ plans in Tamil Nadu or West Bengal where the allies haven’t made things exactly very “honourable” for his party, Congress sources say.
If he had his way, Rahul would have preferred that the Congress had led a third front in Tamil Nadu but the UPA’s numbers in Parliament didn’t leave much scope for any new adventure.
Similarly, for the same reason, the Congress couldn’t not antagonise Mamata Banerjee who’s no love lost for Rahul.
She had resented his forays into Bengal and his statements that the Congress wanted an honourable pact with its allies.
Varun thinks it’s better to focus on his one month-old marriage than waste his time for a party that doesn’t obey his suggestions when it comes to giving ticket.
Varun was made BJP’s campaign in-charge of Assam after BJP chief Nitin Gadkari took him into his team of office-bearers. For almost five years, Varun had refused any post in BJP unless they made him a general secretary (a position enjoyed by Rahul in the Congress).
Before his wedding earlier this month, Varun had toured Assam on several occasions after being given charge of campaign. He had even given ‘vital inputs’ to the central leadership and was supposed to hit the trail from March 17.
But no one in the BJP now seems to be aware of his campaign tour.
A BJP source said Varun is very upset about the distribution of party ‘tickets’ to undeserving candidates. He had a heated exchange with party colleagues ahead of the first Central Election Committee meeting of the party, at the BJP headquarters, when he protested against nomination of few candidates.
When asked about Varun’s campaign programme, BJP general secretary Vijay Goel said it’s not certain whether he is going to join the trail at all. ‘We are hoping that he campaigns, but since the issue is personal, we can’t even insist,” he added.
Goel was referring to Gandhi’s wedding and a possible extended honeymoon.
In any case, the BJP has lined up Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, top BJP leaders L K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, and Sushma Swaraj for extensive campaign in Assam. The BJP has aligned with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) giving him four seats.
Like the Congress, the BJP too is planning to harp on the economic development agenda in its manifesto, which is being released next week by Rajnath Singh. The BJP would promise to develop Assam in the same manner, in which it has been taken up in other states like Gujarat and Bihar.
The BJP’s four poll plank will include inflation, economic development, corruption of Congress Government and illegal infiltration from Bangladesh, Goel revealed.