Though Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had been insisting to take Rahul Gandhi into his cabinet, even before 2009 polls to provide him training in the administration, Sonia feared that in the presence of stalwarts like Pranab Mukherjee in the government, Rahul Gandhi might not able to play decisive role in the administration.
All other members in the Union cabinet are competing to prove their proximity with party’s first family. Only Pranab Mukherjee due to his administrative and political experience, unparallel to any other leader in the party, was able to taking leading role. With his exit from the party and also from the government; it seems Sonia Gandhi felt it would be the correct time for Rahul Gandhi to come to the front from his back room activities.
In a strategic move, first statement was given by party general secretary Digvijaya Singh, seeking Rahul Gandhi's greater role in the party and also the government. The union minister Salman Khurshid’s statement followed this.
On the next day, Rahul Gandhi entered the scene, expressing his preparedness for a greater role and said his bosses party president and prime minister- need to decide the role that he needs to take.
Presently, though technically as party general secretary he is only incharge for the affairs of Youth congress and NSUI, in practice he has been taking decisive role in deciding party's electoral strategies all over the country. Except in 2009 where congress has won impressive gains in the Uttar Pradesh due to massive support from the Muslim community, he failed to register any electoral gains for the party during last five years.
Even now he is playing key role in deciding party's candidates in various elections, nominations to various positions and also all other major issues. Stating this, a senior congress leader said, What new role he can take now except formalising the role already taking.
Congress leaders are not so enthusiastic about his greater role in the party, as he proved ineffective in bringing electoral success to the party.