Ummid Assistant

IDB scholarship forms available at Bhopal's Companion School

IGNOU's preparatory course for students desiring higher education

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Politics

Party or government for Rahul? Both, say Congress members

Friday August 03, 2012 06:27:59 PM, Prashant Sood, IANS

Related Article

Can Rahul Gandhi grow beyond cameo roles?

The Congress' 2009 victory fostered the belief in the party of a similar success five years later followed by Rahul Gandhi's coronation as prime minister. Now, there is a shadow over both the expectations  »

Rahul will need to deliver - and fast

New Delhi: Will it be party, government or both for Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi in his enhanced role ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election? No answers yet to that most asked question but most Congress members say they want him to enter the government and also play a more central role in the party.

There is a sense of anticipation in India's oldest party since Rahul Gandhi announced he was ready to play a more proactive role in both the party and the government.

Congress members at various levels told IANS that they wanted Rahul Gandhi, 42, in the government to hone his administrative skills and also assume a more enhanced role in the party. But many of them refused to be quoted considering the sensitivity of the issue.

A Congress member said the party scion joining the Manmohan Singh government will spur it into taking faster decisions and improve its image.

"The party has to be on board on many decisions. The process is time-consuming. With Rahulji in the cabinet, his view will be taken as the party's view. Decisions will be quicker," the office-bearer, who did not want to be quoted, told IANS.

Son of Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi came into electoral politics in 2004. He was appointed a general secretary in 2007 and given charge of the Youth Congress and the NSUI.

The younger Gandhi now represents Amethi, formerly his mother's constituency, in parliament. (Sonia Gandhi has shifted to Rae Bareli.)

Rahul Gandhi's participation in the government would enable him to take a closer look at the inner dynamics of a coalition government, say many.

Party general secretary Digvijay Singh has suggested that the young leader should take on bigger responsibility in the party and indicated that this would come about by September.

Party leaders feel that Rahul Gandhi should go beyond his present role in the frontal organisations and take a role in the party's mainstream. Many party functionaries insisted that a bigger role for Rahul Gandhi was the best hope for the Congress, whose influence across the country has rapidly shrunk in recent years.

Ranoj Basu, a permanent secretary in the Congress, told IANS: "This is the right time for him to take a greater role in the party and the government."

Another leader, who did not want to be quoted, said Rahul Gandhi's more active involvement would help the party. "He has to be inducted as number one (in the future)... He is the only hope."

Law Minister Salman Khurshid stunned everyone last month when he said the party had seen only cameos of thoughts from Rahul Gandhi and was waiting for a new ideological direction from him.

Ten Congress MPs have urged Sonia Gandhi to make her son the leader of the house in the Lok Sabha in succession to Pranab Mukherjee, now the country's president.

Congress Seva Dal chief Mahendra Joshi said Rahul Gandhi should work both in the party and the government as "both will be strengthened by his work".

He rejected criticism that the Nehru-Gandhi family scion had failed to deliver in recent state elections.

"The leader can motivate you. If there is electoral failure, party men at all levels should think about their responsibility," he said.

Youth Congress chief Rajiv Satav said Rahul Gandhi had transformed the organisation into one that is democratic, performance driven and has greater rural orientation. "Senior Congress" will benefit from the experience, he believes.

"Today, there is no state where we do not have an elected organisation. There are over five lakh elected office bearers," Satav told IANS.

But Gandhi, who is perceived to be the party's prime ministerial candidate in 2014 elections, is unlikely to find the going easy in his task to transform the fortunes of the Congress, given the central government's credibility deficit over corruption and poor economic growth.

The party faces major problems in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

"It will be very tough (for Rahul)," a party functionary admitted. He felt a section of the old guard would not like Rahul Gandhi to succeed as it will change the status quo.

Rahul Gandhi's critics in the opposition have sought to raise questions over his leadership ability by pointing to his limited interventions in parliament and his perceived shy nature but Congressmen say their leader has his own way of working.

"He is hardworking, analytical and humble," a party leader said.

(Prashant Sood can be contacted at



Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS




More Headlines

Shinde is new Lok Sabha leader of the house

Punjab creates separate cadre of teachers for border areas

Flatworm may help battle eye diseases

Multi-linguilism shapes children's emotional development

Weight loss secures lasting benefits

Saina loses to Wang Yihan in semis

Haj pilgrims caught in fight over Nizam's Makkah buildings

Sanjeev Nanda's sentence reduced in BMW hit-and-run case

Syria, Myanmar to top Makkah Summit agenda

Indian boxer Vijender in 75 kg quarterfinal at Olympics

The easiest test in the world

Assam Violence: A wake up call


Top Stories

Pune blasts: Police still to identify perpetrators, detain four

Even as investigators from different security agencies Thursday probed the four low-intensity serial blasts in a single area in Pune Wednesday night, police remained clueless »

Premature to call Pune blasts a terror attack, says Patil

Pune blasts planned, coordinated: Home Secretary


  Most Read

Saina loses to Wang Yihan in semis

Saina Nehwal's dream of an Olympic gold was shattered Friday when she lost to a superior Wang Yihan of China in the women's singles  »

Saina first Indian shuttler to reach Olympic badminton semis

Haj pilgrims caught in fight over Nizam's Makkah buildings

Over 350 Haj pilgrims selected for free accommodation in the 'rubath' (buildings) of the former Nizam of Hyderabad in Makkah are caught in a fight between the property's caretaker and the Wakf Committee over the right  »


  News Pick

Bhopal Gas victims mock at London Olympics; flay Amitabh Bachchan

Spurred by the NGOs working for their welfare, the survivors and the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, the world’s worst industrial  »

Indonesia set to become Islamic fashion capital by 2020

Euis Saedah, the Industry Ministry’s director general for small- and medium-scale industries said yesterday that Islamic clothing made by Indonesian designers has garnered widespread enthusiasm, citing an abundance  »

'Queen' Elizabeth's birthday no more a holiday in Fiji

Former British colony Fiji has scrapped a bank holiday on the birthday of Queen Elizabeth because it was "unimportant" and a "burden" on the country, a media report here said. Officials said the queen's importance »

Libyans observing first Ramadan after ouster of Gaddafi

Dozens of Libya’s poor are celebrating the country’s first free Ramadan since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in the shattered remains of the late dictator’s infamous Bab Al-Aziziya military compound.  »


Picture of the Day

Five organizations viz. Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha, Bhopal Group for Information & Action and Children Against Dow Carbide jointly organised the “Bhopal Special Olympics” on July 26, 2012, a day ahead of the opening of London Olympics 2012.



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant



Science & Technology



About us




Government Schemes










Contact us




    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2012 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.