Can we hear something other than the Gandhis now, Mr Rahul?

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There is no point expecting a motivating address from Rahul Gandhi. Thursday was no different when the Congress vice-president addressed a couple of rallies in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. But what is interesting is the point he tries to drive home every time he toys with the microphones before him and keeps on pulling up the sleeves of his white kurta.

If we see the records of the Congress leader's speech, we will notice that he proudly reconnects with his family legacy. And that too as a leader who had said that he wanted to change the hierarchical system in the party.

On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi said his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi didn't care for her health for the sake of the food security bill aimed to assure the poor their meals. He said his mother was left anguished for she could not vote in the Parliament over the bill. In January, when he was anointed as the party vice-president, Gandhi had also spoken about his emotional mother who felt that power is nothing poison.

The family takes credit for everything 'good' but not responsible for the 'bad'

On September 27, the same Rahul Gandhi made an open display of how to use that power when he dwarfed the prime minister of the world's largest democracy and his cabinet by uttering a single term "nonsense".

In 2007 while campaigning for the UP assembly polls, Gandhi had remarked that had the Congress been in power (more precisely, had his late father Rajiv Gandhi been in power), then the Babri would have never been demolished.

On another occasion, he eulogised his grandmother, late prime minister Indira Gandhi, saying the victory against Pakistan in 1971 and the creation of Bangladesh was a great accomplishment of his family.

By connecting food security of the teeming millions with his mother, the tragedy caused at the culmination point of a complex socio-political movement with the absence of his father and a success of a liberation struggle with his grandmother, Rahul Gandhi has rubbished the significance of everything political, whether national or international, and reduced everything to a family charity.

The leader preaches that for everything good, it is the family that takes the credit and for everything unworthy, the family has no stake (the two non-Congress prime ministers, namely, PV Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh, have been at the receiving end).

Does anybody still expect that the Congress is set for internal democratisation and decentralisation under its new leadership?

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