Digvijaya breaks silence on Rahul: ‘should be seen and heard more’

The unfortunate part is that a 63-year-old attracts the youth while a 44-year-old could not attract them, he said.

New Delhi | Published:August 31, 2014 3:26 am
Rosberg has extended his contract with Mercedes. (Source: Reuters) He said the party vice-president should be more visible and heard more to bring the Cong back on the path of revival.

By: Liz Mathew & Manoj CG

Over three months after the Congress suffered its worst ever defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, party general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Saturday admitted that Rahul Gandhi’s silence on critical issues had contributed to their loss in the “war of perception”. He said the party vice-president should be “more visible and heard more” to bring the Congress back on the path of revival.

Speaking to The Sunday Express, Singh said, “We lost in the war of perception. We could not market our achievements and they (BJP) could market our failures. Although our performance was much better than the six years of NDA rule on every front, yet we could not convince the people to support us.”

Asked if it would have helped if Rahul had spoken more, he said, “Yes, because the people of the country want to know what Rahul Gandhi stands for, what is Brand Rahul Gandhi. The unfortunate part is that a 63-year-old leader attracts the youth while a 44-year-old leader could not attract them.”

Stating that Rahul should be “more visible”, he said, “Today is the age of media and breaking news; 24X 7 you are breaking news. In this age of media, Rahul should be more visible and should be heard more… How (Narendra) Modi propelled himself onto the national scene, just by cleverly projecting his image in the media… so he (Rahul) should be heard more and seen more,” he said.

Singh denied that Rahul had refused to lead the party in the Lok Sabha as he was unhappy with some senior leaders for not supporting him during the poll campaign. “It is not correct… there is not a single Congressman, senior or junior, who did not work or support Rahul.

Everyone in the Congress party accepts his leadership. And if he feels that some leaders of the Congress party have not really come up to the expectations, then he should crack the whip,” he said.

“Why should he continue with those people who did not stand by him, because the Lok Sabha election was a very crucial election… and one who did not want the Congress to succeed, his loyalty to the party is suspect,” said Singh.

Stating that “everyone has a style of his own”, Singh said Rahul cannot be equated with any other leaders. He said if Rahul had decided to lead the party in the Lok Sabha elections, it would have given him a “platform from which he could have taken on the issues which he considers are important to the country… He has to choose the forum… People must know what he stands for,” said Singh.

Asked whether the Congress should try to bring together all non-BJP parties, on the lines of the RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance experiment in Bihar, Singh said an “ideological consolidation” of centrist parties has to take place first.

“On ideological grounds, not on personalities… The unfortunate part is that personalities have overtaken the ideology which we should be very careful about. Today we are fighting an ideological war with the right wing. Modi is the symbol of this right wing. It is the ideology which has to work together… Our challenge is the Sangh ideology which believes in communalising every issue,” he said.

Asked if this ideological coming together would lead to an alliance at the electoral level, he said, “That is how it should be.”

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    wneap
    Aug 31, 2014 at 2:46 pm
    "Digvijaya breaks silence on Rahul: ‘should be seen and heard more’"Sure! People need more entertainment!
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    IndianWellWisher
    Sep 1, 2014 at 1:08 am
    Great comment! Yes, Ebola the threat is surfacing again! Watch out! I hated this guy to the core, the things he got away with when congress was in power. At least we know the cure for this (e)bola!
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    IndianWellWisher
    Sep 1, 2014 at 1:04 am
    Nation can afford to lose Rahul but you can't ..
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    alok
    Aug 31, 2014 at 3:10 am
    Haha. Unfortunately the mentee is ridiculed on lines of mentor diggy. They just can't connect. Its not image its content. Diggy is irrelevant in MP. All he teaches will b irrelevance
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    499tiger
    Aug 31, 2014 at 3:21 am
    If there is one mistake Shri Raul should not make is to expose himself too much on the media. He is hollow has no vision is irresponsible unable to put in hard work and disinterested. Why do people like Digvijay Singh want to put him in the chair? Because they can do back seat driving. Unfortunately, they have not reconciled to the electorate being more discerning, intelligent, having more pride as an Indian and not taking a white man's superiority at face value.I pity people like DV Singh who are going to suffer the same fate as Arjun Singh. Sold their soul(if in possession) to show loyalty yet rejected to the status of a fra door mat not accepted even by the pet of the house.
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    Anil
    Aug 31, 2014 at 6:52 am
    Why is Digvijay obsessed with Rahul? Looks like a lot of people's livelihoods depend on somehow keeping the mystique of the dynasty alive! Can we finally accept that Rahul is not so reluctant as he is incapable-- he's been given and has happily grabbed all opportunities to project himself. When he took credit for MMS's pet schemes, when they stage managed that 'coup' against the ordinance for tainted MPs, when he could get the quota on subsidized gas cylinders increased at a Congress party meet, when he grabbed at and jumped in to take credit for the LOKPAL bill, when he quickly claimed 4 more proposed anti corruption bills as his own to blunt the AAP surge. People saw through this charade as also his unsuitability as a leader for the future when he ran a campaign underpinned by shibboleths of the past. What more proof do we need? He simply does not have it, he can be in the public eye 24/7, it will only harm him more.
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    Anil
    Aug 31, 2014 at 9:43 am
    You don't get re-elected 3 times in a state for doing nothing. Or is it that the Congress party knew the trick in the past but now it's not working any more. Let Rahul open up 5,000 call centers and find out for himself; on second thoughts let him try opening 50 first-- even that 1st step may prove too much for him! Not that they did not try hard to spin things in favor of the clown prince! Quality matters.
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    Avtar Chauhan
    Aug 31, 2014 at 11:18 pm
    This gentleman will never stop fuming & cursing Modi for anything & everything! Will some mature politician rebut this person for his meaningless & irrelevant remarks?
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