Say what you like about Rahul Gandhi. You can joke about him, ridicule him, or simply call him an idiot, but you can’t force him out. He has proved he is not a quitter! He is objective-driven, not easily disheartened by negative opinions.
A few BJP spokespersons, especially Sambit Patra, are questioning the motive behind Rahul Gandhi’s US visit. They are suggesting that the Congress vice-president has been forced out because JD (U) and RJD feel Rahul’s presence on ‘Battleground Bihar’ could be detrimental to their electoral designs. He believes since Rahul’s public perception is not healthy, the allies didn’t want to take any risks!
Conspiracy theorists are dime-a-dozen in India, and when it’s about Rahul Gandhi, their flight of fancy knows no boundary. Just like BJP feels Rahul Gandhi is Narendra Modi-obsessed, they are fast becoming addicted to the heir-apparent themselves.
Rahul Gandhi is in Aspen, US, to attend a meet, but Sambit Patra doesn’t believe it. He wants to know the details of his trip. It is this very tendency of poking nose in other people’s lives that could take them down in 2019.
He is only 44, but much more popular than the likes of Sambit Patra, he has a better future than Sambit Patra. Rahul Gandhi has his drawbacks, and there may be plenty, but he is fighting for survival. Congress party is in deep waters and runs the risk of drowning. These are difficult times and he is trying to make a difference. In doing that, he slips now again with self-destructive behaviour and speeches. But does all of this warrant speculations and damaging remarks and taunts?
BJP has the mandate. That should have been it. People overwhelmingly voted for Modi, for change, for development, general peace, and corruption-free governance. Unsolicited comments on another individual’s lifestyle reflects poorly on BJP’s mindset..
Their rivalry appears to have reached a stage where it has turned into fight to the finish. The Narendra Modi-led Government should exhibit humility, not haughtiness. They must pull out of this ugly sparring and be the bigger party, and Modi the bigger man.
It doesn’t behove a party that rode an unprecedented wave of support in the general elections. They should be confident of themselves, not allow Rahul Gandhi to get under their skin.
This is the best Sambit Patra could conjure: “Rahul needed a foreign vacation after holding two rallies and thinking hard about farmers. It appears that the feedback the leaders of grand alliance got from Bihar made them call Congress to send him on a forced vacation because his stay anywhere near Bihar is going to harm their electoral chances.” Such statements reflect a very low level of thinking.
Taking such pot-shots at Rahul Gandhi has become a favourite pastime for some of BJP’s top leaders.
People voted for a change in government because they were sick and tired of Congress’ decade long reign, riddled with corrupt practices. Although quite a bit of damage to their reputation is already done, the Modi-led government shouldn’t allow it to slip out of control.
This is still a golden opportunity for the BJP to ensure long-term gains. If they want to stay in power beyong the five-year term, they need to mend their ways. Hardened Hindu elements in the party must realise that their attitude and behaviour towards minorities will not help BJP regain power in 2019.
As for Rahul Gandhi, he is still learning the ropes, getting better at his job. When tomorrow comes, he could be india’s Prime Minister, BJP must remember that, he is destined to. It is up to BJP for how long they can keep him at bay.
Going by the current sentiment, BJP could struggle to regain power in 2019.