30 November, 2020

Quiet Takeover

Sonia's imprint is evident in the party's selection of candidates and manifesto

Quiet Takeover
Sitaram Kesri spent three hours waiting for an alternate flight to catch up with Sonia Gandhi in the much publicised joint election meeting in Ranchi on January 21. He missed it. But in the process, he also saved himself from the likely ignominy of being lost in the shadow of Sonia and her daughter Priyanka.

But Kesri did go back to Delhi's Palam airport again that day receive Sonia. And the elected president of the Congress continued to play second fiddle to the party's de facto leader, gushing that he was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm she had been able to generate among voters. Indeed, Sonia now leads the party in the fight against the BJP. "It was not an individual who killed Mahatma Gandhi. It was a thought and the same thought threatens to divide the society today," Sonia said in Bardoli (Gujarat) and Jodhpur on January 23, echoing the anti-BJP sentiments voiced in the party manifesto.

While Sonia hopped from state to state to garner support for the party, Kesri remained holed up in Delhi. "He has to chair meetings of the party's election committee and...



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