Political Secretary to rahul Gandhi?
Now that Rahul Gandhi is about to take over as Congress president, there is much speculation as to who he will appoint as his political secretary. Currently, Kanishka Singh functions as his de facto political aide (rumours about Kaniskha’s ouster are incorrect), but if Rahul wants to send the right signals to the party, he will choose someone from within the organisation. According to the buzz, Rahul is planning to have not one, but a couple of pointsmen. The names doing the rounds include Ajay Maken and K. Raju (the latter is better known for his jupiter velocity theory, which had earlier impressed Rahul). There is also talk of Rahul setting up a panel of three vice presidents from the Old Guard to advise him. This will comprise Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot and Meira Kumar. (Doesn’t this remind one of Sitaram Kesri’s team of trusted advisors who included Azad, Ahmed Patel, Tariq Anwar and Meira Kumar, provoking party honchos to refer to this as Teen Miya Aur Ek Meira—three Muslim faces and one Meira Kumar?) Of course, Rahul can always continue with his mother’s political secretary Ahmed Patel, but considering the fact that he has been complaining that he never got to his way during his mother’s regime, it is unlikely that Rahul will continue with his mother’s team. Watch this space for more.