The 56 days of sabbatical did not go waste for Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi who has taken a leaf of lesson from Congress veterans like late Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S Rajashekhara Reddy and others.
As written in our columns on future course of action, perhaps Congress is gearing up to face the reality of perseverance the way Congrees staged a come back in Andhra Pradesh after 10 years owing to constant prodding and padayatras of YSR visiting every nook and corner of the state to return to power in 2004.
Now that Congress is decimated in more than half of the states, Rahul Gandhi is back in action to go on Padayatra than believing in ivory tower politics. Already his hard-hitting speeches have sent BJP to realise that the leader is not the same but trained one now.
His announcement of undertaking padyatra in Madhya Pradesh and Punjab to gauge the mood of the farming community which is facing crop failure due to unseasonal rainfall. He will also meet and gather feedback from Congress leaders in the two states, sources said.
Besides visiting his own Lok Sabha constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, he is likely to deride BJP for putting up posters on his absence and has reportedly formed a new group to revitalise the party there.
After ending his long and mysterious sabbatical, Rahul has been very aggressively taking up the cause of farmers hitting BJP right at the centre for its pro-corporate image and his “suit-boot” remark has caught up the attention of many.
His next tirade is the Land Acquisition Bill. “The government is ignoring the plight of farmers and is not paying heed to the condition of labourers. Farmers are not getting credits in NDA’s rule,” Rahul said. “The government is weakening the farmers and will then strike them down with this ordinance,” he said hitting hard on the bill.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi backed her son saying the party will keep raising farmers’ issues after holding deliberations with all Congress Lok Sabha MPs. “I did not hear the full speech of Rahul as I was busy meeting party leaders and farmers at my residence. But I was told by people it was good,” said the mother happily.