Well begun, but Rahul needs to maintain tempo
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Recent electoral setback appears to have brought an urgency in Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's moves and strategies. While Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan's resignation was a loud statement of intent, the past 10 days have witnessed a flurry of activities indicating a change in Rahul's approach.
First, he showed up at the party headquarters in Delhi and fielded questions. Never mind the Congressman who wouldn't trust him to take any questions unrelated to the Lokpal Bill, as if he needed a tutorial for everything. Then he chose to speak in Parliament — only the second time in the 15th Lok Sabha. On Saturday, he addressed India Inc striking the right chords. And, as the week came to a close, he stayed back in India and visited relief camps in Muzaffarnagar.
As Rahul now looks inclined to chart out a new course, some bold moves involving risks may be imperative. He is cutting a sorry figure as an underdog with his colleagues making rather ostentatious displays of loyalty by shielding him from a Rahul-versus-Modi debate. He should lead from the front as the party's PM candidate or declare 'his Manmohan Singh' at the AICC session on January 17.
Besides, as he seems to have decided to engage more with the world outside, Rahul should hire a political speech writer because his pen-pushers have been no match for someone who knows the pulse of the people.
As he embarks on transforming the Congress in an unimaginable way, Rahul should consider bringing his young colleagues to the fore in positions of power and responsibility. While the Congress evidently committed a mistake by delaying the decision to project Jyotiraditya Scindia's face in Madhya Pradesh, Rahul could give it a positive spin making him PCC chief and testing his mettle in reviving the party. Similarly, Rahul could hand over the party's reins in Rajasthan to young leaders like Sachin Pilot or Jitendra Singh, in Haryana to Ashok Tanwar, Randeep Surjewala or even Deepender Hooda (what if he is the CM's son), and in UP to Jitin Prasada or R P N Singh, and so on, to bring up a new generation of leaders in states — just as his father the late Rajiv Gandhi had brought up Gehlot, Digvijaya Singh and others.
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