READY­ING THE RANK

India Today - - MAIL - by Su­mit Mitra and Prabhu Chawla

Ra­jiv Gand­hire­tains the cau­tion of the com­mer­cial pi­lot that he was, and is nor­mally wary of dis­cussing his find­ings in open fo­rum soft he party. But his im­plicit­trust in the ob­ser­va­tions of his new youth brigade is be­ing re­flected in his in­creas­ing petu­lance with the tra­di­tional Congress(l) lead­ers and his di­min­ish­ing con­fi­dence in their ca­pac­ity to put the party in fight­ing trim. A close aide of Ra­jiv says that he re­cently blew up when a Union min­is­ter­si­dled up to him with lengthy re­ports of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of trib­alareaup lift plans.“How I wish the trib­als you say you’d helped were pre­sen there, and were in agree­ment with your sta­tis­tics, ”he re­port­edly snarled back. Even at the Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tees (I) of­fice-bear­ers’ and Dis­trict Congress Com­mit­tees (I) chiefs campin Delhi, when the Bi­har con­tin­gent com­plained to him about the “new Youth Congress boys” try­ing to ride rough shod over them, he ex­ploded, say­ing: “I know your ex­act worth. You can’t solve your own prob­lems of­fac­tion­al­ism, and you think you can solve the prob­lem soft he na­tion? Please don’t cre­ate hur­dles for the boys who are do­ing an ex­cel­lent job and do your own­work.”

RAJIVATTHE SEWADALCAMP: BUILD­ING UPACADRE

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