Rahul’s first press con­fer­ence in Mumbai lasted for 2.45 min­utes

■ Over 100 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from print, elec­tronic and on­line me­dia turned up and pa­tiently waited for Gandhi, who was an hour late

The Hitavada - - NATION -

CONGRESS Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi’s first ever press con­fer­ence here on Wed­nes­day turned out to be a huge dis­ap­point­ment -- it lasted for 2 min­utes and 45 sec­onds.

The me­dia brief­ing was or­gan­ised by the Congress State and city units at a venue in Ban­dra at around 8.30 am and me­di­a­per­sons were barged with mul­ti­ple re­minders. Over 100 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from print, elec­tronic and on­line me­dia turned up and pa­tiently waited for Gandhi, who breezed in al­most an hour later.

Af­ter the ini­tial in­tro­duc­tions, a ques­tion was put to the Congress Chief whether he would be willing to take over the lead­er­ship of the Op­po­si­tion al­liance be­fore the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions.

Brush­ing it aside, Gandhi re­peated his crit­i­cism of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and the Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh.

This also lasted less than two min­utes. Then he thanked every­one and sud­denly got up, end­ing the press con­fer­ence abruptly. A party official later said, “Rahulji was get­ting de­layed for his on­ward jour­ney to Nag­pur and Nanded and other engagements.”

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