Rahul Gandhi, the present torch bearer of a historical dynasty leading India for decades, hinted in an interview published recently that he was ready to be prime minister if his party win the forthcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections, his first indication in the recent times that he is up for the prime job. Cases of corruption, scandals, low economic growth, high inflation and several other issues are weighing heavily on the party that heads the coalition governing India for a decade as a result of which it’s facing tough challenges from BJP as well as the newly added AAP in the run.
“I am a soldier of Congress. Whatever order is given to me I will follow it. Whatever Congress says, I will follow it,” Gandhi, 43, said in an interview with Dainik Bhaskar. Gandhi, belonging to a rare family with father, grandmother and great-grandfather as prime ministers in post-independence India, remarked ahead of a party meeting focusing on the coming election. The Prime Minister’s remark that he’ll give the responsibility to a new one after 2014 elections and supporting Gandhi by praising his “outstanding credentials” has paved the way for the Congress Leaders expressing their desires to project the party vice president Rahul Gandhi in the chair after Manmohan Singh as they feel it to present the voter’s with a clear choice. Prime Ministerial nominee or not, it can be said that he is going to be the prime face of Congress in the coming Lok Sabha elections as he has been taking a more active stance on issues after the party’s debacle in the assembly polls of four states, being one of the most important faces in Congress to support the Lokpal bill and has also articulated his economic vision at an event organized by a business chamber.
But a section of the party however is with the belief that the party vice president will be exposed to a aggressive campaign against the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi with Namo wave blowing heavily and constantly getting huge response in the rallies being held at different parts of the country and the one constantly unnamingly targeting Congress, specially Rahul Gandhi on issues like price-rise and corruption of Congress leaders bleeding the nation dry. In such a tense political scenario, the the fresh face of the laid-down Congress also accused Modi of being authoritarian and that a ‘one man’ would not be good in the national interest as any government must not and should not act according to the whims and fancy of a single person. With more such cross party accusations to be coming up in the next few months as India heads towards elections by the end of May, it is just a wait of time to see who is going to have the last laugh.