The Congress Talk­ing heads

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

Say one thing for Ran­deep Sur­je­w­ala—he’s never at a loss for an an­swer and it’s usu­ally a well re­searched one. For in­stance, if he’s com­ment­ing on Naren­dra Modi, he will not only quote to you com­ments Modi made as PM, but even var­i­ous ar­ti­cles he’d have writ­ten as Chief Min­is­ter. In fact, ever since Sur­je­w­ala took charge of the Congress party’s Me­dia Cell, spokes­men are handed talk­ing points for the de­bate of the day. This is es­sen­tial be­cause with Rahul Gandhi de­ploy­ing the old timers like R.P.N. Singh and Madhu Yaskhi for or­gan­i­sa­tional work, the next gen­er­a­tion of spokes­men are be­ing groomed such as Priyanka Chaturvedi, Bra­jesh Kalappa, San­jay Jha and Jaiveer Shergill. From the older lot, Man­ish Te­wari brings heft and in­sti­tu­tional mem­ory to the ta­ble, while Dr Abhishek Singhvi’s rea­soned tone and om­nipresent smile gets him more points than the shout­ing brigade he is of­ten pit­ted against. A wel­come ad­di­tion is Pawan Khera with his ready wit and a new­found stu­dio ag­gres­sion that was thank­fully miss­ing when he han­dled the me­dia as po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sor to ex Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Sheila Dik­shit for over a decade.

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