What explains the sudden chorus demanding Rahul Gandhi take over the leadership of the Congress and become prime minister? Is it only an annual ritual, coinciding with the MP from Amethi's birthday? Is it a trial balloon being floated by sections of Rahul Gandhi's — and his mother Sonia Gandhi's — confidants to test the response?
There are no clear answers. Nevertheless what is obvious is there is a growing trust deficit between the Congress organisation and the UPA government. On the issue of corruption and the specific matter of negotiations with Baba Ramdev, party functionaries have severely criticised the government. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been a target but so has Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Mukherjee was reprimanded by Digvijay Singh, the Congress general secretary considered Rahul Gandhi's sounding board, for travelling to Delhi airport to meet Ramdev. On his part, Law Minister Veerappa Moily wrote to Mukherjee seeking a white paper on black money. He could asRead More »from Congress’s head-hunting problem