Much bigger role in party awaits Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi, May 14: Having proved his mettle as a successful campaign manager for his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi as evident by her victory by a record margin from Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency in the by-election, Mr Rahul Gandhi now appears all set to play a bigger role in the party organisation.
Mrs Gandhi, while talking to mediapersons at her residence on Thursday, hinted at the possibility of Rahul being assigned a bigger responsibility in the party set up shortly. She, however, did not specify as to what responsibility she proposed to assign to his 38-year-old son, triggering speculations by the media in this regard.
Mrs Gandhi, while thanking her voters in Rae Bareli for electing her by a huge margin, appreciated the good work done by Rahul and his team of workers, saying they had put in a lot of hard work to ensure a bigger margin of victory for her.
According to party sources, in a minor reshuffle of the AICC, expected soon after the conclusion of the second half of the brief Budget Session on May 23,the Congress President is likely to induct Mr Gandhi as a CWC member to fill up one of the three vacancies still lying in the highest policy making body, ever since it was reconstituted.
Mr Gandhi may, in all probability, be appointed AICC General Secretary in charge of frontal organisations, hitherto held by Union Minister without Portfolio Oscar Fernandes. As an AICC incharge, he would need to revitalise the frontal bodies like the Youth Congress, Seva Dal and the NSUI.
Alternatively, according to sources, Mr Gandhi could be assigned the challenging task of reviving the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, where the party is lying in a shambles having been relegated to the fourth position among the four main political parties in the State.
However, some senior leaders in the party are skeptical and have expressed their reservations about Mr Gandhi's capabilities in putting the party back on the rails in Uttar Pradesh keeping in view the fact that the Assembly elections there are round the corner.They also cite his inexperience in the party affairs and the demoralised party ranks in the State as the reasons in support of their argument.
Even as pressure builds up on the Congress President from senior party leaders and the younger lot of the party MPs to entrust Mr Gandhi with some responsibility as an office bearer, the latter has publicly stated that he would be prepared to shoulder any responsibility in the party given to him. This paves the way for him to make debut as a CWC member and party office-bearer.
Earlier, almost all the PCCs in various States had passed a resolution urging Mrs Gandhi to nominate Rahul to the CWC.
Speculations were rife then that Mrs Gandhi might induct Mr Gandhi into the highest policy making body during the plenary session of the party held in Hyderabad. However, this did not come about as Mr Gandhi announced that he would not take up any post in the party organisation but would only work for the party as an ordinary worker.