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Rahul Gandhi may step into his mother's shoes as part of his bigger role: Political Analysts
Congress party's general secretary Digvijaya Singh has said that post vice-presidential elections and sometime during September 2012 the party's general secretary and youth congress president Rahul Gandhi will take a bigger role in the mainstream party.

DIGVIJAYA SINGH'S statement has given birth to speculations and guesses about what role Rahul Gandhi may play come September. Political Science professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University Pralay Kanungo said that the congress scion may step into his mother's shoes, which will give him a decisive role in the party.

“Digvijaya Singh's statements are very knotty. You have to unfold those knots. There is a churning going on in congress in the wake of decisive defeat in UP and its political fallout, mismanagement of economics and the government, strained relationships with allies. Obviously congress is looking for some kind of revival very badly. Options for the congress are getting limited day by day unless they reinvent both in terms of policy and decisive leadership. At this juncture revival of the party and leadership depends upon Rahul Gandhi. It is now time for him to take a position of a bridge between the party and the government. Bigger role is a much challenging role. He (Rahul Gandhi) may be the working president or the party president from the current role of general secretary. This is the only role left (for him),” said Prof Kanungo told this citizen journalist .

Dr. Ashok Acharya, associate professor of political science at Delhi University while commenting on Digvijaya Singh's statement said that Rahul Gandhi would like to take a greater role in the party rather than in the government.

“I would somewhere probably suspect that he will take a greater control of the party rather than the government. He is likely to be at helm of the party in a more formal manner. We all have been hearing that it was Rahul Gandhi who calling the shots when Sonia was away on health grounds. That (Rahul becoming Congress president) is a possibility I will say, but not a distinct possibility as nothing has come out from the Congress as such. This possibility is credible because we have been hearing it for so long. But knowing his way of work I don't think that he would be brave enough to become party president. I would not be surprised if a formal request is made to him to lead the party and I would not be equally surprised if he says no to it,” said Dr. Acharya.

Notably law minister Salman Khurshid had created a stir within the party when he said recently that Rahul Gandhi was only playing a 'cameo role' and he needs to take up bigger responsibilities.

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