Six-term Congress MP Kishore Chandra Deo has for years been considered one of the best parliamentarians. But the former minister in Manmohan Singh’s cabinet (handling tribal affairs and panchayati raj) has now been defeated from his Lok Sabha seat in Araku and is in the process of shifting from the large ministerial bungalow in central Delhi to a flat in Gurgaon. In conversation with Saba Naqvi:
Why has Rahul Gandhi not become the leader of the Opposition? Is he running away from Parliament where he has never performed?
I don’t think Rahul would think Parliament is an irrelevant body or he would not have fought the elections. Probably the result has been a shock for him and he wants time to recover. No one expected this kind of defeat.
So Congress needs to look beyond dynasty?
The Congress was not born with a dynasty. It first has to come to terms with reality. It has to be run by people with strong moorings in the states. Look at the history of...