Some people feel being part of government important: Chavan on Rahul

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan says government experience is viewed as important in some quarters, but he does not know if Rahul Gandhi joining the government after 2009 elections would have been better for Congress’ prospects in the Lok Sabha polls.

Asked if Rahul should have joined the government earlier as it would have been beneficial to the party, Chavan said, “Well, some people feel that to get a government experience is important. Otherwise we tend to think like an NGO from outside.

“There are compulsions of running a coalition government. There are compulsions of addressing conflicting aspirations of different sections of society,” he said.

The senior Congress leader’s views came in the backdrop of Union minister Milind Deora’s recent statement that if Rahul Gandhi had joined the UPA government in 2009, it would have made a big difference to the fortunes of the party.

“So, when you sit in the government and try to analyse a question from all sides, with all the expert help that is available to you, you begin to understand the complexity of a problem which you cannot understand if you are outside the government or not in the decision making process,” Chavan said.

“The other view is that Rahul has always said that he wanted to build the party organisation. He always wanted to understand the country. He has toured extensively. So, there are two different points of view. Both have merit. I don’t know which one would have been better,” he said.

“I don’t have the advantage of comparing the other system. He could have become a minister. Indira Gandhi did become a minister without portfolio in the Lal Bahadur Shastri government for some time. But on the other hand, Rajiv Gandhi became the PM right away,” Chavan said.