Rahul Gandhi immediately dominated out returning as Congress president, a put up he gave up final 12 months after his occasion was pulverised within the nationwide election. “I stand by my letter,” he mentioned to NDTV’s query on the potential of his comeback as Congress boss, given his noticeably stronger curiosity in occasion affairs through the coronavirus lockdown.
The 49-year-old Congress MP was responding to the query throughout a digital press convention, his second for the reason that nation went into lockdown to gradual the unfold of the extremely contagious novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
These media interactions and his new collection of video chats with eminent personalities like Raghuram Rajan and Abhijit Banerjee had ignited hypothesis that the Congress was working to the plan of rebranding Rahul Gandhi, giving him an even bigger profile as somebody who can problem the federal government on its insurance policies and bringing him again to the highest put up.
Was it a closed chapter or may it’s reopened, Mr Gandhi was requested. “My place is evident, as I said in my letter, which was to step down and serve the occasion and provides enter and recommendation,” he mentioned.
In his letter in July, weeks after the Lok Sabha election outcomes, Mr Gandhi had mentioned: “As president of the Congress occasion, I’m accountable for the lack of the 2019 election… I’m obtainable to the occasion each time they require my companies, enter or recommendation.”
To a different query on whether or not his conversations with Raghuram Rajan, Abhijit Banerjee and others have been a part of an even bigger technique, he mentioned: “I converse to lots of people. Quite a lot of conversations are fascinating. I believed I want to give a glimpse of those conversations to the individuals of India. There isn’t a different technique.”
After the Congress’s fruitless seek for a brand new chief final 12 months, Mr Gandhi’s mom Sonia Gandhi took over as interim president in August.
Eight months later, there may be nonetheless no new candidate for the highest Congress job, which strengthened discuss one other stint for Mr Gandhi.
The occasion, in critical disaster with senior Congress leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia shifting to the ruling BJP earlier this 12 months, has tried to maneuver focus from the disarray by aggressively taking up the federal government on its dealing with of the coronavirus disaster and the lockdown, which has had the worst influence on the poorest and migrant employees.