Is Congress afraid of putting Rahul Gandhi face to face with BJP's PM in waiting Narendra Modi? Or the Congress was having some doubts over the merits and demerits of announcing Rahul's name?
We spoke to some political analysts and tried to get the answer of this very important question, why the Congress refrained from declaring Rahul's name for PM's post.
Senior journalist and political expert Avadhesh Kumar said that the reason behind not announcing Rahul's name was that the party did not want to dent his image in case the Congress looses the Lok Sabha elections.
“Congress has fear in its mind that if the party loose the forthcoming general elections with Rahul as its PM candidate then it will be very bad for Rahul's as well as for the image of party. People will start thinking that the Congress lost under the leadership the Rahul. It will tarnish his image as a politician. So all this has been done to secure the political image of Rahul. And may be yes they are somehow fearful that he could not stand against the Modi.”
Professor of Political Science at Delhi University Dr. Pradip Kr. Datta said that although the Congress has not declared Rahul's name for the top post right now but few days before the elections his name will be formally announced.
“Its all part of strategy of the Congress. BJP also initially named Modi only the head of the Lok Sabha election campaign team, but in the end they declared him their PM candidate. So I think that in the end Congress will also name Rahul Gandhi as its PM candidate. All this is a matter of time. As far I can see Congress has no other alternative than to announce the PM candidate, and they will surely name Rahul as PM candidate.”