Now that Rahul Gandhi is back, the Congress party needs to answer the following questions once again – question that are asked again and again – questions that have been asked with increased frequency during the 59 days of Rahul’s sabbatical (if we take February 16 as the starting day of his leave of absence) and the questions that will be asked with a ‘never -heard-of frequency’ now – the questions that are imperative for Congress’ future – the questions that have always been vital for the party post-2000.
What role will Sonia Gandhi play? Will she remain President of the party now?
Or some role bigger than a President will be chosen for her, given her age, her experience in Indian polity and given her necessity for a section of Congress’ leaders (or for that matter, the overall Congress)?
When will Rahul Gandhi make his first public appearance after his ‘return’? Will the April 19 Kisan Rally stand for his first public appearance as claimed by many Congress’ leaders?
When will he take over the Congress party from Sonia Gandhi? When will we come to know about his official coronation as the next Congress President?
What role will be entrusted to her elder sister, Priyanka Gandhi? Like the evergreen demands of the leaders from the grand old party of India – leaving Sonia Gandhi untouched or making Rahul Gandhi the party President – bringing Priyanka Gandhi to the mainstream of the party-politics also figures prominently.
Well, the government must be well aware of the whereabouts of the Congress party. After all, Rahul Gandhi is protected by the Special Protection Group (SPG) which is under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Also, if he was out of India, it would well reflect on his passport as his visit might be personal in nature, but it would have to follow the rules of land, i.e., entries in his passport. His overseas/abroad visits are bound to reflect on his passport maintenance of which comes directly under the Ministry of External Affairs.
And a person like Rahul Gandhi cannot disappear like this, even if he is in India where internet freedom is an issue – where a freedom fighter’s family, even if the freedom fighter in question is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, is subjected to various snooping methods like they were done in the British colonial India – where the government has extensive methods and elaborate ways to know about anyone.
Yes, it is a different matter if they don’t choose to tell us about him. After all, they are political rivals of the Congress party and have come to the power by defeating (a humiliating defeat) the later.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/