31 October, 2020

Sibling Revelry

Sonia's children charmed the Amethi-Rae Bareli crowds, rekindling hope that they might contest

Jitender Gupta
Sibling Revelry
She has her grandmother’s charm. He his father’s endearing smile. And though he still hasn’t started to speak ‘prophetically’ about heralding a technological revolution, for many he is the reincarnation of Rajiv Gandhi. The brother-sister duo of the first family of the Congress, Rahul and Priyanka, have certainly swept the people of Amethi and Rae Bareli off their feet. Public response to their visit has been ecstatic.

The duo did everything that a candidate does before an election—meeting party workers, interacting with the masses and holding closed-door sessions with the local leaders in the Gandhi dynasty’s home constituencies. But despite the news cameras following every move they made, they shrewdly managed to remain ambiguous when asked the big question: will they join active politics?

Even as the two chanted the ‘don’t know/can’t say/ perhaps later’ mantra comes news that both Rahul and Priyanka have become primary members of the Congress. No one in the party is clear about whether the duo will contest elections this time. But Congressmen...



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