15 June, 2021

The Show Of Hands

Rahul Gandhi is pushing for change in election season. Is the timing right?

Tribhuvan Tiwari
The Show Of Hands

Rahul G In Da House

  • Rahul leads the Congress party, from banners, ads, Election 2014 campaign to party reorganisation, appointments of young leaders.
  • More than the elections, the focus is on the party, it seems. Rahul is radical in choosing allies, dealing with the coalition, even finalising tickets.
  • Disappointment, unease among the party old school. Since most are not mass leaders, they have no option but to keep themselves in assembly line.
  • Rahul is being criticised for repeated mistakes: the staid replies, one-way communication, other immature moves.


It was at short notice, but on February 17, journalists were called to attend a Rahul Gandhi press briefing at 10, Janpath, the official residence of his mother and UPA chairp­erson Sonia Gandhi. As journalists que­ued up for the usual security checks, the party old guard trooped in one by one—Mohsina Kidwai, A.K. Antony, Janardhan Dwivedi, M.L. Fotedar, Ambika Soni.... They were...

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