Now,Cong mouthpiece hails Rahul for NREGA

Sonia has mastered the art of silence,says Dikshit

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2012 3:16 am

In consonance with growing voices within the Congress for a bigger role to Rahul Gandhi in the organisation,the ruling party’s mouthpiece,Congress Sandesh,has sought to credit him for bringing to life welfare programmes like the MGNREGA and for making the party support it. On the recent Assembly elections,the mouthpiece seeks to blame the electorate for getting polarised on the basis of caste and religion and losing sight of the “real need”.

“Ever since the assumption of active role in politics,Rahul has not only brought to life poor-friendly welfare programmes like MGNREGA… but has also made the Congress support these programmes seriously,” says the latest issue of Sandesh. This is the first time that the party has sought to bequeath to Rahul what was authored and made a reality by his mother Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Her role,however,finds no mention.

“In a democratic polity,elections are a way to measure the standing of a party in the esteem of the people. But it is also true that the electorate in India gets polarised on the basis of caste,religion or emotive issues and many times loses sight of what is the real need for the path to security and progress. If we were to take a serious view of the elections,especially in Uttar Pradesh,it is not incorrect to state that Rahul was one of the few leaders who was clear about what he was wanting to achieve,” says the mouthpiece,even as it acknowledges that the party “could not rustle together a grassroot organisation to make people believe that it was possible for the Congress to provide the government which could translate the vision of Rahul into a reality”.

Sonia’s “important role” in passing the NREGA and the RTI Act,however,comes in for praise in another article written by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. “It says a lot about Sonia’s tenacity and will power that she has reached the top in the world’s largest democracy — India,a country that does not speak her language,does not share her culture,and has entirely different social values and work ethics,” says the CM.

Recalling how the Opposition had targeted Sonia for her Italian origin despite the fact that she had become an Indian citizen in 1984,Dikshit states,“As a woman born and brought up in a foreign land,she has gracefully adopted Indian culture and is now an indisputable leader and the face of Indian politics.”

“In the past she has demonstrated an ability to build bridges with political allies and looks to past Nehru-Gandhis to help in her decision making. She has mastered the art of silence. Sonia seldom makes appearances in the media and is known for a persona signified by silence… Sonia has overcome the chauvinism and xenophobia of Indian politics and emerged as a charismatic woman leader…” she writes.

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