The Congressmen may regard Rahul Gandhi as a “youth icon” and smart ministers like Shashi Tharoor and Jyotiraditya Scindia might have massaged their own ego by showering such embarrassingly fulsome praise on their party’s new vice-president.
But, pray, why has the Congress Party done this unto itself? The objective was three-fold: “to boost the morale of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance government hit by a series of scandals in its second five-year term in power; to galvanize party workers after a series of demoralizing electoral setbacks in a number of states.
“And, the third and the most important objective behind Gandhi’s promotion as party Vice President is to project him as a youth leader who is ready to take on the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party’s potential prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.”
But, honestly, Rahul Gandhi doesn’t make a convincing prime ministerial candidate and his “charisma may not work” in the upcoming general elections.
Maybe he is young and thirty percent of Indians are also young. But, so what? Narendra Modi is “single”, too. And, Modi is no pushover, either — he is a “heavyweight” and has “delivered in Gujarat.”
On the contrary, Rahul Gandhi’s “magic failed” in the last state election in Uttar Pradesh, and Congress suffered erosion in its electoral tally.
But at the end of the day, the Albatross for Congress is none other than the government led by Manmohan Singh. “Indeed, the soft-spoken Manmohan Singh has not been able to defend his government adequately after the scams were exposed one by one. Though an honest leader hmself, critics believe that he has failed to deliver when it came to tackling corruption, of course, inflation also.”
Now, close your eyes, take a deep breath and go on to make a guess who could have made such an honest assessment? No, you won’t get it right. It’s by Xinhua here.
– January 21, 2013