19 October, 2020

'Bachcha' Is Growing Up Quick

Rahul Gandhi's obsession is regaining his family's turf. He's doing it with clinical precision.

'Bachcha' Is Growing Up Quick
That Rahul Gandhi would spearhead the Congress campaign for revival in UP became clear the instant he decided to contest from Amethi; it was underlined last fortnight when he took on CM Mulayam Singh Yadav on his own turf, sharply criticising the state government for the deteriorating law and order and power situation.

The UP CM may have dismissed him as a "bachcha", but party leaders say Rahul isn’t a parachute politician. He’s been doing his homework and meeting party workers since 1999. He operates in corporate style; he likes facts, figures and structured presentations. Since he became an MP, he’s been working on a UP revival plan and has already held several brainstorming sessions with party strategists. Rahul works mainly out of 10, Janpath where he meets the party leaders and workers who are his main channels of feedback and information. But he also visits his office on Gurudwara Rakabganj Road, where trusted aides Kishori Lal and Manoj Mattoo look after Amethi affairs.

It isn’t yet clear whether Rahul will become an AICC general secretary immediately, or...



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