Citing the mention of Rahul Gandhi and other young faces of the party, many started asking - did the US envoy David Mulford, dated Oct 23, 2007, try to mean that other "young MPs" are more smart and energetic than Rahul Gandhi?
Mulford has been quoted as saying, "As for the younger MPs who have been promoted, they are smart, articulate and energetic. Their ascension makes for a good story-line. Their achievement and success during the last three years and half years, however, has been modest."
Meanwhile, the cable also claimed, "He (Rahul Gandhi) is widely viewed as an empty suit and will have to prove wrong those who dismiss him as a lightweight."
Continuing his statement on the Congress general secretary, Mulford said, "Little is known about Rahul Gandhi's personal political beliefs, if any. He is reticent in public, has shunned the spotlight, and has yet to make any significant intervention in Parliament."
However, the US cable also praised the the most young face of the Congress party (Rahul Gandhi), as it claimed, "Gandhi came off as a practiced politician who knew how to get his message across and was comfortable with the nuts and bolts of party organization and vote counting."