Po­lit­i­cal Sec­re­tary to rahul Gandhi?

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

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.

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