Rahul Gandhi is just a Congress MP and doesn’t maintain any occasion publish as he had already stepped down as its President after the 2019 Lok Sabha debacle – the second in a row for his occasion. However every time he goes in a foreign country on a private journey, he finally ends up being trolled by the opposition whereas questions are raised by his critics within the occasion — although they don’t specific these publicly.
Forward of the occasion’s Basis Day in December, Gandhi went overseas on a private go to and it was occasion Basic Secretary and spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala who introduced that he was not within the nation.
“Rahul Gandhi is on a brief private go to to see his ailing grandmother. He’s not on a vacation,” he mentioned, including that as a celebration employee, Gandhi performs all of the duties assigned to him.
Slamming the BJP over its criticism, Surjewala mentioned the BJP shouldn’t touch upon somebody’s private visits.
Senior occasion chief and Chief of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad mentioned that for 136 years “we have now been celebrating the muse day of the Congress, no matter somebody being current or absent”.
However Rahul Gandhi is scarcely an bizarre occasion MP. Sacked Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha notes that he “should recognise that in politics there is no such thing as a margin for error. You need to be very conscious that questions might be requested of you”.
The Congress is, nevertheless, all the time vocal in Gandhi’s defence. Basic Secretary, Organisation, Okay. C. Venugopal slammed the BJP for questioning his journeys overseas, saying that “everybody has the correct to undertake private visits”.
He mentioned that the BJP is indulging in petty politics and they’re focusing on Rahul Gandhi as a result of they need to goal just one chief.
However the possible motive why the previous Congres President is within the firing line every time he goes overseas is the occasion’s electoral defeats and that whereas Gandhi, although severe in taking over Prime Minister Narendra Modi, lacks consistency.
This was the opinion of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar after the Bihar Meeting polls the place the Congress’ poor efficiency prevented from the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan from getting the numbers to kind the federal government.
Nonetheless, his comment had left the Congress upset and the NCP needed to make clear that it was “pleasant recommendation”.
Nonetheless, the RJD had additionally cited Gandhi’s vacation throughout the election campaigning as an element for the loss.
The Congress, ever since dropping energy in 2014, is on the trail of decline besides in 2018 when it received the Meeting polls in three states — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh — although its authorities in Madhya Pradesh proved to be short-lived.
Gandhi even couldn’t cease his shut pal Jyotiraditya Scindia from leaving the occasion and thus, dooming the federal government. Aside from Scindia, Sachin Pilot, one other younger chief and Deputy Chief Minister in Rajasthan too rebelled, however was well timed intervened by veteran chief Ahmed Patel helped nip the rebel and save the federal government.
The occasion additionally misplaced Karnataka, the place it was in alliance with the JD-S, after each events noticed a variety of their legislators insurgent and be a part of the BJP, which returned to energy.
Whereas the occasion is in energy in Punjab and Puducherry, a part of the ruling dispensation in Maharashtra and Jharkhand, and the primary opposition occasion in Assam, Gujarat, Karnataka, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Goa and Kerala, the political area left by Congress in different states is both being taken over by regional events or the BJP is gaining a foothold in West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir.
Congress insiders say that the BJP is a round-the clock election machine and Congress cannot sit and watch as elections in West Bengal and Assam are a number of months away however Modi and House Minister Amit Shah and Modi have already set their marketing campaign rolling forward.
The string of electoral defeats compelled 23 senior Congress leaders to write down a letter to occasion’s interim chief Sonia Gandhi demanding reforms amid efforts to carry again Rahul Gandhi to the occasion helm, however as Sanjay Jha notes, Model Rahul Gandhi has been destroyed by BJP systematically with a method.
One other occasion chief agreed. “Now Rahul Gandhi has to stroll the additional mile to reclaim his model and in addition lead the occasion to victory in elections to spice up the morale of the occasion but additionally need to be extra communicative and accessible to attain this goal,” mentioned the chief who didn’t need to be named.
The Congress appears on the Gandhis in each disaster – in 1998, it introduced Sonia Gandhi to the pinnacle the occasion and although she did not dislodge then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999 however succeeded on her second try in 2004. Rahul Gandhi has failed in two successive elections — although he was not the occasion chief in 2014.