RE­LUC­TANT RAHUL

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

There is a buzz among the Tamil Nadu Congress cadres: Rahul Gandhi is afraid of go­ing south. So what’s stop­ping the Congress vice pres­i­dent? Be­sides the daunt­ing prospect of match­ing the huge crowds that BJP prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date Naren­dra Modi pulled at each of his three poll ral­lies in the state, there’s the highly emo­tive is­sue of the UPA govern­ment’s fail­ure to pro­tect Tamil fish­er­men from the Sri Lankan Navy and his more re­cent op­po­si­tion to the re­lease of Ra­jiv Gandhi’s as­sas­sins. The Tamil Nadu Youth Congress plans a se­ries of pady­a­tras ahead of the com­ing elec­tions and wants Rahul to launch the cam­paign. He hasn’t said no, but no one re­ally ex­pects him to show up.

Il­lus­tra­tion by SAU­RABH SINGH

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