Rahul Gandhi, scion to the ruling party, Congress on Tuesday compared Narendra Modi, candidate from opposition party BJP, to Adolf Hitler. Modi recently has been topping the list of most of the opinion surveys regarding the popular choice to lead the government. He has been promising to get the country out of the economic downfall that is it on right now and to create more job opportunities for its growing population.
Rahul Gandhi commented on Modi saying that he is an autocrat who could not even stop the religious riots in 2002 in his own state, Gujarat. The riots had killed more than thousands of people. Narendra Modi never admitted to anything regrading the riots and even the Supreme Court couldn’t find any evidence that pointed towards his involvement.
Congress has been on continually losing it’s popularity amongst the people under a number of corruption charges.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, headed by Raj Thackeray, stated that the party will go solo and contest independently for the Lok Sabha Elections 2014 but have decided to back Narendra Modi as the India’s next PM.
“I support Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate. All my MPs will support him in the Lok Sabha,” Mr. Thackeray said at a function marking the eighth anniversary of the party.
The new stand taken by Thackeray will stain his relationship with Shiv Sena, who is considered as the arch-rival of the MNS. For this elections, the MNS have listed six candidates against the one candidate of BJP and also, Shiv Sena. Earlier, in 2009, the Thackeray party played a game-changer for the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance as the BJP lost all their six seats to Congress-NCP.
The Shiv Sena was not pleased. Its spokesperson Rahul Narvekar said, “The MNS move is an attempt to confuse voters. They will see through these tactics. Whether to include the MNS in the NDA is a decision which should be taken jointly,” he added.
Earlier this year, Thackeray had complained against Mr. Modi’s Gujarat-centric developmental steps. In other developments for the elections, it is noticed that BJP complained to Election Commission against Congress VP Rahul Gandhi by linking the RSS with Gandhi’s assassination.
New: Delhi: In what could be a further embarrassment to the party, the press secretary of the then president Giani Zail Singh has alleged that the anti-Sikh riots were planned and rubbished Rahul Gandhi’s claims about the government doing “everything they could” to avert the riots.
Tarlochan Singh, who was the vice-chairman of the National Commission for Minorities from 2000 to 2003, said Rajiv Gandhi had even refused to answer calls from the President and took no notice of the violent situation around. All senior leaders and the then Home Minister, P V Narasimha Rao, were busy at the funeral arrangements for Indira Gandhi, who was shot dead earlier that morning.
Known to have leanings towards the BJP, Mr Singh said that the riots were “spontaneous and orchestrated,” and the police action was ineffective in comparison to Gujarat riots. Trouble started brewing after Rahul Gandhi in an interview with Times Now channel said “The difference between the 84 riots and the riots in Gujarat was that in 1984 the Government was trying to stop the riots,” and accused Narendra Modi of “abetting” Gujarat riots.
On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi finally became the party’s Vice President; an announcement for which every party-member was eagerly waiting. This much-awaited appointment was made in Jaipur. As the No. 2 of the party, Rahul may take on Narendra Modi for the post of Prime minister in the 2014 General elections.
The news was well received by the Youth Congress members and party-men who celebrated it with great pomp and splendour. In his acceptance speech, Rahul expressed gratitude towards all the members present at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting. He said that Congress is a great organization which will transform the country. Before Rahul was promoted, he was the general secretary in-charge of the Youth Congress and NSUI.
The following day saw Rahul Gandhi getting up-close and personal with the packed auditorium at Chintan Shivir. The speech was impressive and managed to strike a chord with the audience. During the course of his speech, Rahul mentioned the worries that his mother harboured after his promotion given that the world of politics is unforgiving and poisonous. This came across as a shocker since it was believed that Sonia Gandhi was instrumental in persuading him to take charge of the party.
Rahul’s expressive speech was filled with references to Rajiv and Indira Gandhi. No wonder he received a warm standing ovation from the audience. People like Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President Niranjan Patnaik and party leader Anil Shastri have shown great confidence in the 42-year old scion of Nehru-Gandhi family. They commented that they see the youth in him and it is Rahul only who can bring Congress back in power in the state.
With people’s hopes riding high, will Rahul Gandhi be able to deliver his best? Surely he is young, focused and dedicated. However, despite being the ultimate mascot for not only his family but for the nation, especially youth; he doesn’t come across as a confident and eager leader. He is in such a position that his every move will bear consequences, both good and bad, and he will be held responsible for it.
He still needs to connect with the youth and that is possible only if he makes the right choices. Strategies will now hold an imperative role because if a situation of facing a politician like the chief minister of Gujarat comes, then the Prime Minister’s Office is not easy to conquer.
There is no doubt that India is going through a rough patch and its future is uncertain. It needs a leader that can take control of the situation and bring the much deserved stability in every corner of India. The question lies whether or not Rahul is that leader. The answer is unfortunately still unknown.
Rahul Gandhi , the 42 year old leader on Saturday was officially raised up to the number two position after being appointed the Vice –President of the congress party. It was formalized at the meeting of the Congress working committee (CWC). Amidst all this his role in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls is yet to be decided. But it seems the opposition party‘The Bharatiya Janata Party’ (BJP) is none too happy with the move.