Is it time the reluctant leader Rahul Gandhi stepped down?

It is time for Rahul Gandhi to find his life’s calling, far away from the party stalwarts who look to him as the leading star of this grand old party

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Updated: March 16, 2017 12:29 pm
Rahul Gandhi, election results Rahul Gandhi has always been a reluctant leader. (PTI)

Well, don’t ask who will take his place, but one thing is clear: it is time the reluctant leader stepped down. The Congress can come up with a million reasons and excuses, but at the end of the day the fact is that Rahul Gandhi’s magic has just not worked.

To be more precise he has no magic at all. How, will he? Afterall, he’s always the reluctant leader, the one who has to take a sojourn to relook at his purpose in life. And his purpose certainly can’t be to bring back to life a party which has dug itself into a hole from which coming out is a bit more than an uphill climb. And we can never complain that Rahul lacked either intent or vigour, maybe just not of the right kind. He’s put in a lot of hard work too, especially for someone who clearly looks like he has no interest in doing what he is doing. It is time for him to find his life’s calling, far away from the party stalwarts — who partly from a lack of imagination and partly from an inalienable sense of sycophancy — who look to him as the leading star of this grand old party. It’s time for him to make that call to his mother to tell her it’s time he moved on.

But who next? Obviously, the Congress is strapped for ideas and would, if push comes to shove, have no other option but to turn towards his sister Priyanka. The second line in the Congress, just does not have the mass appeal that a party and its leader now needs to take on the leviathan that is Modi. Not that Rahul had it in him to match Modi on either rhetoric or sheer spunk on the campaign trail.

Rahul Gandhi, election results

Yes, it is going to be a tough few months ahead as the Congress tries hard, or hardly tries, to find its bearings in an India that has changed too much for its liking. But still one thing seems clear, the rest of the tough journey might have to be done without the reluctant leader.

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    Ash
    Mar 11, 2017 at 2:14 pm
    Congress just won in 3 out of 5 states.Was the article written before the results?lt;br/gt; Congress's win in Punjab is astounding (Bjjp got just 3 seats) and clearly marks a turnaround for Congress.lt;br/gt;Media may continue their witch hunt but ultimately it for Congress workers to decide,not some armchair pseudo expert .lt;br/gt; Will Modiji have to answer to his party,regarding the drubbing in Punjab?lt;br/gt; I didn't see anyone asking when shah was going to retire after loosing Delhi and Bihar.lt;br/gt; Rajiv laid the foundation stones for the modern India that we have today.It would be nice if people were able to accept facts without emotion.lt;br/gt; In Punjab,even AAP beat BJP by a large margin,BJP getting just 3.
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      Ash
      Mar 11, 2017 at 2:28 pm
      They hung the report?!!
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        indian
        Mar 14, 2017 at 3:35 am
        I think this author should stop targeting a child.
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          indian
          Mar 14, 2017 at 3:35 am
          Which 3? They couldn't get even one other party to support them in Goa. Manipur is anyone's guess
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            Chandu Shah
            Mar 11, 2017 at 4:51 pm
            Rahul Sonia priyanka Vadra All of them vote bank appeasers. Why? Their ancestors are all Muslims. They should all abdicate to stan.
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              PPrasad78
              Mar 12, 2017 at 7:05 am
              He has no history of holding jobs . no history of hard work, no experience...etc..just some photo ops during election times ! without any hard work , experience he wants the position of PM of India ! The big rot in the Congress part started during MMS second term , when the G parivar started undermining MMS. MMS was too supine and feeble to hit back. Surrounded with sycophants, I do not think Rahul G will relinquish power that easily. It will only happen if the Congress party musters courage and dumps him unceremoniously !
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                SubbuI
                Mar 12, 2017 at 6:58 am
                NEITHER RAHUL HI IS RELUCTANT LEADER NOR WE CONGREENEN DO NOT NEED ADVICES FROM BJP AND BAISED BLIGGERS.DO NOT TRY TO COVER UP YOUR DISOPPOINTMENT THAT CONGRESS DID WELL IN 3 OUT OF 5 STATESlt;br/gt;SO WE NEED NO SARCASTIC ADVICES FROM BJP AND OTHER SO CALLED SYPATHISERS
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                  Anil
                  Mar 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm
                  But congress got states correct...
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                    Anil
                    Mar 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm
                    I would say congress started coming back
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                      Abdul Khadar
                      Mar 11, 2017 at 10:44 am
                      "Rahul hi’s magic has just not worked" - s are also known as magician ? Has he ever worked magic ? Has e ever won an election for congress ? Has he ever don a responsible role other than decorative roles handed on a plate ?
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                        Amit Bhattacharjie
                        Mar 11, 2017 at 2:26 pm
                        Come on, lets not be greedy. The Congress party is making a come back. In Punjab, Manipur and Goa. This is a much better position than the last drubbing at the hustings. And, why must a family member be brought in to rule the party which is not the property of one family? Agreed, there is no match for the leviathan. Not even the daughter or sister. There are others outside the family who are more capable. To make a beginning.
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                          Amit Bhattacharjie
                          Mar 11, 2017 at 2:28 pm
                          Where is the big-mouth Sitaram?
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                            BlahBlah
                            Mar 11, 2017 at 3:31 pm
                            Look at Diggie raja fir his irresponsible statements about victimhood and how it drives youth toward extremism...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;When you have leaders like him you don't need leftist.
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                              BlahBlah
                              Mar 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm
                              Ohhh yeah...cell phones were invented in 1992 in USA after Rajeev was gone. But hey keep living in denial and finally we will be able to see congress die..once it is dead family will leave and then maybe congress will rise again
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                                ansuman
                                Mar 12, 2017 at 3:38 am
                                This is time to disband congress party -as -suggested by --real Ghandhi- long long back.
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                                  LibDem
                                  Mar 12, 2017 at 9:07 am
                                  This is an clear evidence of the fact, that just because your mother or your gmother was good at politics you may not be. Politics is not a small store run by mama and papa ji. It affects the life of million and with us it is 1.2 billion people. This is a serious game and democracy and the will of the people has finally demonstrated that nepotism has been rejected.
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                                    Atul Wassen
                                    Mar 11, 2017 at 11:52 am
                                    I feel pity for Rahul, lost his dad at a very young age and pushed into politics by the greedy party men and his over ambitious mother, he probably did not have a choice and might have been scared to say no. He tried to match PM Modi on rhetoric but failed as he was no match for PM Modi, who has years of experience. Now that Rahul has become a laughing stock, it is time to be himself rather than pretend to be someone else. It is time that he left all these jing bang and enjo his life.
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                                      Pawar RS
                                      Mar 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm
                                      just heard Laloo is got a heart attack !!
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                                        RJ Man
                                        Mar 14, 2017 at 4:58 am
                                        Rahul hi has single handedly helped India overcome the bane of hung parliament and coalition politics. By completely decimating Congress's stature in the country, he has helped India achieve a stable government. ANy self respecting human being would resgnafter such contant defeat and humiliation at national level. But its a testament to Rahul's commitment to his country that he keeps at his job inspite of numerous insults and humiliations.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Long Live Rahul Gadhi. India's saviour!
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                                          Casa Kaay
                                          Mar 13, 2017 at 2:55 am
                                          Rahul shouldnt go. Since he is at the top, other parties BJP/AAP will seats based on issues. A more competent leader from Congress will not be someone who is a true leader. So let's thank our stars and pray that Rahul baba continues.
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                                            Champa Bai
                                            Mar 13, 2017 at 8:56 am
                                            paisa itna kama liya hai ab jaao videsh mein settle ho jaao...rajneeti iskay baski nahin hai
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