Now, the re-energised young Gandhi is back after meditation and rejuvenation. Social media especially some BJP and Modi ‘bhakht’ made fun and circulated jokes of his absence, but Congress workers staunchly stood by their young leader. Rahul Gandhi has been facing severe criticism ever since Congress’s decimation in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in which his party managed to win just 44 seats in the 545 members House. His sudden absence from the political scene gave his rivals another chance to question his leadership qualities and interest in politics.
After heading successful Kisan rally, delivering speeches aggressively addressing severe issues in parliament, now he completed a trek to the famous Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand. Rahul walked the 16-km trail because he hopes his journey will help boost tourism in the state, which was ravaged by floods two years ago. He walked that distance as a tribute to the 6000 people who died in the tragedy. The Gandhi scion also thought if people see him walking, they may also visit the state, which will boost the tourism in the state. People have developed the sense of fear after the flash flood. He said that he turned down the offer to use a government helicopter to fly to the temple, which opened on Friday for pilgrims. Rahul began his trek on Thursday and spent the night at a government-run shelter, about 7 km away from the temple which he visited, accompanied by Chief Minister Harish Rawat. Uttarakhand is one of the few states where the Congress is in power.
The 44-year-old Congress vice president recently returned to Parliament after a controversial leave of absence that lasted nearly two months. Since then, he has joined his mother and party chief Sonia Gandhi on leading the Congress protests in and outside Parliament against the government’s land reforms, which opposition parties like his describe as “anti-farmer.”
Rahul is an ordinary MP who has potential as a leader. His substantial contribution both inside and outside parliament is worth noticing. He is slowly turning the table for Congress and pinching ruling government on all issues, which are concerned with the poor people. Every political party has its low and high and this time his party could not do well, so he wanted to be out for some time then what’s big deal in it? There are so many Hon’ble MPs, whom people do not even know whether they are existing or not. Not a single news item is published on their whereabouts. Outraging against an individual because he is born in Nehru-Gandhi family is not fair. We should appreciate his ‘positive’ politics.
Rejuvenated and returned Rahul Gandhi attacked BJP government in Kisan rally against Land Acquisition Bill, this would be turning point for his political career, if he successfully handles the issue by challenging ruling government. He is proving himself as a strong opposition leader, and that has made BJP supporters restless. BJP proposed Land Acquisition Bill is intended to help corporate bodies and deprive the farmers their sustainable livelihood. The present bill if implemented in its present form will directly benefit the corporate houses to buy not only farmers land, even they can buy entire districts and even a state in the name of development. Rahul had spearheaded an agitation in 2011 from Bhatta Parsaul in Uttar Pradesh against forcible land acquisition of farmers that had culminated into enactment of Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. Seeking to put pressure on the Modi dispensation, Congress had organized a farmers rally. The rally was held on the eve of the second phase of the Budget session of Parliament. Rahul had skipped the first phase which saw the Congress taking on the government over the land bill issue. Party leaders voiced confidence that Rahul will provide leadership with dynamism and commitment and take pro-active measures.
While Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been away on his leave of absence, a group of the party’s young leaders has worked on a series of innovative strategies to ensure the success of his comeback event. First at the rally and now walking to Kedarnath Temple, there are much more surprises for voters ahead.
Since Rahul’s temporary break from political life announced, people were speculating that he was unhappy with the working of Congress Party and he is not getting a free hand to run the party. However, party has officially denied all the speculation raised by people. During his absence, several party leaders including former chief ministers Amarinder Singh (Punjab) and Sheila Dikshit (Delhi) came out in the open pitching for Sonia Gandhi to continue as president and raised questions over his leadership. It’s high time people should stop making fun of Rahul Gandhi and give him a fair chance to perform. He is an intelligent politician, with clean image, not like other politicians who are dubious, criminal and corrupt. Dynasty politics is better than communal politics. Media too should not interfere in his personal life. It is a time to move forward collectively for Congress members. Rahul is an integral part of Congress from last 11 years. The Youth Congress is his brainchild. He is an active member of the Congress Party.