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With Akilesh as Uttar Pradesh CM, can Rahul Gandhi delay it any further?

March 10, 2012 By: Gemini Category: Uncategorized

Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav convinced his party leaders who were opposed to his son, Akilesh Yadav, to accept his decision to anoint him as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. At 38, Akilesh Yadav will be the youngest UP CM. In 1999, when Mayawati became CM, she was 39. So Akilesh has broken the record.
With Akilesh wearing the crown, the big question that has come to haunt Congressmen in UP and elsewhere is whether Rahul Gandhi delay taking charge of their party any further?
True, Rahul, his sister Priyanka, and mother Sonia Gandhi are very upset that the party machinery let down the “yuvraj.” Despite his hectic campaigning, the Congress managed to finish fourth with just 28 seats, getting 11.6% of the votes! The only consolation, the Congress’ national rival, did no better. The BJP earned the third place, with 47 seats and 15% vote share.
But Congressmen including Union ministers who are close to Rahul think that he should not delay any further in assuming complate charge of the party as its president and Sonia Gandhi would only be glad to make way and become “patron-in-chief.”
A Union minister said he would be the first to opt for a Kamaraj-type plan if a call was given for those in the government to give up ministerial berths and take up serious party work.
In 1963, senior Congress leader K Kamaraj suggested to Prime Minister Jawarharlal Nehru that senior Congress leaders should leave ministerial posts to take up organisational work. This suggestion came to be known as the ‘Kamaraj Plan’, which was designed primarily to dispel from the minds of Congressmen the lure for power, creating in its place a dedicated attachment to the objectives and policies of the organisation. The plan was approved by the Congress Working Committee and was implemented within two months.
Six Union Ministers and six Chief Ministers including Lalbahadur Shastri, Morarji Desai, Biju Patnaik and S k Patil resigned from their posts. Similarly, the Union minister said, time has come for everyone to focus attention on affairs of the Congress and prepare the organisation’s machinery to face the 2014 polls. Rahul Gandhi should be seriously projected as Prime Minister candidate. UP debacle should be put behind, he said.

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