23 September, 2020

Kesri's Handy Man

Madhavrao Scindia clambers back to centrestage but he may not find it easy to unite the party

Kesri's Handy Man
KING-SIZED hoardings welcomed Madhavrao Scindia to Mumbai on October 7, a tribute to his new-found importance in the Congress. For a man virtually hounded out of the party, with the shadow of hawala over his head, it's been an impressive rehabilitation. A trusted aide of Congress president Sitaram Kesri, he was elected to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in August, appointed AICC general secretary in charge of four important states, exonerated in the hawala case (at least for now) and nominated as the voice of the Congress during Parliament's historic golden jubilee session.

Scindia's comeback may have engendered his optimism regarding the revival of the Congress; he belongs to the group which favours general elections sooner rather than later. But his recent tour of the four states in his charge—Orissa, Rajas-than, Bihar and Maharashtra—appears to have put him in a rather cautious frame of mind. While maintaining that the party is better off now than it was with P.V. Narasimha Rao at the helm, he admits it "needs a little more time" to prepare for elections....



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