If Rajnath Singh emerged as the consensus candidate for the BJP and RSS, so has Rahul Gandhi, though obviously in his case the consensus is a more obvious conclusion. The Congress' chintan shivir in Jaipur became the well-managed stage for Rahul's coming out party. His speech came as a pleasant surprise; people are still trying to decode its authorship beyond the core family team! Also, Rahul may have become vice president of his party, but the issue of his party's future prime ministerial candidate still remains studiously unanswered - as is the party's wont, and no doubt his too.
The Ashok Khemka episode in Haryana has, once again, exposed the symbiotic nature of the relationship between politicians and bureaucracy, which works along the lines of the 'patronage' system and all that it entails. Khemka has become a 'victim' of the system because he chose not to play by the accepted rules of engagement by bending to his political masters, but took an independent stance by initiating an investigation into Robert Vadra's land deals in Haryana where many lesser mortals would have shied away.