16 January, 2021

Floating A Trial Balloon

Scindia has his eyes set on number two slot in the party and his graph is only rising

Floating A Trial Balloon
Who is the number two in the Congress? Or, more appropriately, who is gunning for the all-important second spot in the party after Sonia Gandhi? Why, Madhavrao Scindia of course. A nine-time MP, scion of the Gwalior political 'gharana' and an old Gandhi family loyalist, surely Scindia's graph is on the rise. But the point is, in a party plagued by open internal differences and many runners for the second spot, can he make it to the finish line?

Party leaders say his big break came when Sonia appointed him the deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha. Technically, it puts him in the number two slot, at least in the Lok Sabha. Although in real terms it may not mean much, in a party whose leader is yet to make a mark in the rough and tumble of parliamentary din—not to mention the subtle change of nuances and quick backtracking by hardened politicians—the 'deputy' is trying hard to consolidate on this. Insiders say all parliamentary decisions are routed through Scindia, reportedly on the latter's instructions. Of late, he has also ensured that he's not just limited to...


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