In view of poor performance of Congress party in the past and recently in bye elections, the stage is not easy for Congress to get support of aam admi. To become the prime minister was/ is not a problem for Rahul, but he refused to accept the post through the back door entry as he wanted a mandate also. Moreover, he wants to play a long inning in the politics and concentrating on strengthening the organizations by following the foot-paths of Gandhiji who motivated and took along all categories of people.
On the other hand, Narendra Modi, CM of Gujarat is a very strong candidate and the biggest opposition BJP, is very strongly indicating him, though indirectly, as its prime ministerial candidate. Congress is not a revolutionary party but election focus party, and Rahul Gandhi has to establish himself as a strong candidate to show his strength in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
Rahul Gandhi's elevation from Congress general secretary to vice president and a possible prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections has been on the cards for some time now. And while his appointment and speech at the recently concluded Chintan Shivir in Jaipur has enthused Congress cadres, the big question remains: Will allies accept him for the top post? Not surprisingly, neither party has so far openly spoken of who would be their prime ministerial candidates in 2014.
Since, much would depend on the number of seats each party gets in the elections, there would be tremendous competition between the two major outfits to emerge as the single largest party and the single largest pre-poll formation to get an invite from the president to explore the possibility of forming a government, if there is a fractured mandate as most people believe would happen. Efforts would be on even before the elections and more intensely after it to get supporters outside the alliance network.
No doubt, the sincerity and commitment, both are there with Rahul Gandhi and the problems have also been diagnosed but the ideology is lacking. Democracy is termed as one of the best systems in the world but Rahul thinks of long term innings strategy, which could be beneficial for society, nation and democracy, as well.
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