IS there a tussle going on amongst Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi? The Congress leadership does’nt accept this and will not do so in future also. The leaders, who cultivated Rahul Gandhi, assured themselves that after winning proximity to the new boss, half their battle is won. But politics is a dynamic game; it changes very fast. Priyanka Gandhi is going to be the new icon in the party; an idea being spread by Congress leaders who are not looked after by Rahul. The brother and sister do not wish to give an impression in the public that they have differences on important matters. As a consequence, Shiela Dikshit got a new lease of life in the political arena despite her humiliating defeat in the Delhi Assembly polls of 2013. There was reluctance in Rahul Gandhi camp as, in all probability, Jitin Prasad was likely to be the new face of the party. While it is a given that Rahul and Priyanka, or for that matter their mother, would never allow their differences to surface in the public domain, the Sandeep Dikshit-Ajay Maken confrontation is a test case to determine where the family stands. Party sources say that Priyanka has a soft corner for the Dikshits, which has been nurtured over a span of time. Of late, Priyanka has provided indications of her growing interest in politics and insiders believe that she would be contesting the next Parliamentary polls—not from Rae Bareli, as was the original plan, but from Amethi. Rahul would move to Rae Bareli, which has been the constituency of his mother and grandparents—Feroze and Indira Gandhi.
VOL. 10, ISSUE 6 | SEPT, 2016