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Who doesn’t know Manish Tewari? Manish Tewari is an I&B Union Minister. He also has a dubious distinction of trending on a popular micro blogging site Twitter on famous Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif’s birthday. The reason why he trended on Twitter on such a fateful day is once again he did what he is expert at doing. He shot his mouth off.

Everybody knows that Dr. MMS doesn’t speak at all. Manish Tewariji is a complete contrast to MMS. He speaks too much. He doesn’t try and understand whether his comments or observations are required and whether they’ll serve his party well or not. No sooner he sees camera crews from TV news channels than he starts speaking sometimes much to the chagrin of the party he represents.

On the condition of anonymity, some senior Congress leaders have admitted that a tacit understanding between ever silent PM and motor mouth Manishji does exist. It is mutually agreed by both PM and Manishji that while the former will observe an all time silence, the latter will start hyperventilating every time he comes within sniffing distance of a mike.

That said, after all who can forget his notorious jibe at Anna Hazare and his team? It was Manishji who had accused Annaji of corruption. But he had really met his match in Anna Hazare who took him to the cleaners by demanding an apology from him without delay. That public spat with Annaji helped Manishji score brownie points within his own party. This is precisely why every time Manishji suffers from the foot in the mouth disease, his party throws its full weight behind him.

But alas his luck seems to have run its course. This time around Manishji has reportedly earned the wrath of his party big wigs while taking a jibe at BJP for charging admission fee at an event in Hyderabad where Mr. Modi is the main speaker. The latest round of verbal dual between Manishji and BJP hasn’t gone down well with the party High Command. Rahul G is livid at the way BJP has attacked the central leadership of Congress on account of Manish Tewari’s potshot at Modi show in Hyderabad next month. Congress has been finding itself on back-foot ever since Mr. Modi’s elevation at the national stage. The party think tank has decided not to lock direct horns with the Gujarat CM. But Manishji has sounded the war of bugle without getting a green signal from 10 Janpath.

Rahul G has reportedly asked Manishji to avoid mikes and TV cameras until further orders. In the next party meet, Rahul G – it is learnt from the sources close to him – will welcome Manishji with a garland of five rupee currency note and advise him to keep that note as a token of appreciation for keeping his mouth shut in future.

Though many senior leaders feel that five rupee note is such a small amount for Manishji, Rahul G is believed to have convinced them by citing the fall of rupee from the grace. It remains to be seen whether Manishji will come out unscathed from his latest predicament. Those who know the gritty minister claim that this is like a storm in the tea cup for the beleaguered minister, trust him to kick off another another controversy to bring him back in the reckoning as soon as possible.

BJP claims to be a party with a difference. In the recent past, its detractors have twisted this punch line to take potshots at party they hate the most. They try to poke fun at BJP and make their dislike known for it by twisting its punch line from party with difference to party within differences.

But today BJP proved that it is indeed a party with a difference. After announcing the new members of its much talked about Parliamentary Board yesterday, on April Fools day it also announced its Prime Ministerial candidate for the upcoming General Elections in 2014.

Mr. Rajnath Singh, the party president, held a press conference at the party head quarter in the Capital today and made the announcement by reading out a carefully worded written statement. “Today the top BJP leadership has decided unanimously that its prime ministerial candidate will be Rahul Gandhi. All the party leaders have come to a conclusion that if India wants to witness a revolution in development and infrastructure, if India wants to root out corruption, only one leader has it in him to do so. And that leader is none other than Shri Rahul Gandhi.”

Mr. Singh declined to answer visibly shocked reporters’ questions citing the lack of time due to his tight schedule much to the disappointment of the reporters. Soon after the announcement, he was whisked away in his car to an undisclosed location. His mobile phone was also switched off at the time of going to the press.

All senior party leaders of BJP are tight lipped about this mysterious and baffling announcement. What has prompted the party to endorse Rahul Gandhi’s prime ministerial candidature is intriguing all BJP supporters. The party workers are a shaken lot. They came to know about this development only when the TV news channels broke the news earlier on in the morning.

Die hard BJP supporters brushed this news item aside thinking that the TV channels were playing April Fools’ Day prank on their gullible viewers. And that soon BJP stalwarts would take the wind out of the sails of these news channels by issuing a presser to clarify the rumours doing the round. But till now no clarification from BJP on the announcement of Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate is forthcoming. This has sent the rumour mills into a tizzy. Is BJP a divided house? Where’s party’s development mascot the Gujarat CM Shri Narendra Modi? These and many more questions India is asking.

The Congress Camp was visibly jubilant. Overzealous party workers were seen as bursting the firecrackers outside Rahul Gandhi’s official residence. The sweets were also distributed at all the Congress party offices across the country. Quite surprisingly, neither Rahul Gandhi nor his senior party leaders have addressed media to give their reaction. When this reporter tried to interview one of the senior Congress leaders reportedly close to Rahul Gandhi, he declined to say anything on the record. Off the record he said on the condition of anonymity that it appeared to him that Mr. Singh had joined Congress and he had made that announcement at madam’s behest. But he also admitted that no such circular he had received from the High Command, and he was merely taking a wild guess.

Those who know Mr. Narendra Modi are sure that this is his brainchild. By announcing Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate, BJP has taken the fight to the enemy camp. Mr. Modi, the Hindu Hriday Samrat, is the indisputable choice in the race for country’s top job.As far as BJP is concerned,  it has indeed shown a greater degree of maturity so far by announcing the Congress man as its PM candidate.

Now the ball is in Congress’ court. If Congress has any shame left, without wasting time it should announce Mr. Narendra Modi aka NaMo as its prime minister candidate. That will even the score. The balance will be restored. And the country will witness the tightly fought General Election in next few months. Mr. Narendra Modi will lead BJP to a historic win and occupy the coveted post of PM. This is what India wants.

Today is a very proud day of all the Congress leaders and party workers. For past twelve hours Rahul Gandhi as PM has been trending on Twitter. This is thanks to the Chintan Shivir happening at Jaipur.

All the Congress party leaders went into a huddle at this Chintan Shivir. The agenda of this Shivir was to formulate strategies for the upcoming general elections. The sources within party have confirmed that all the leaders are seriously concerned with the growing phenomenon of the Gujarat CM Narendra Modi who is going to emerge as the most formidable force as the PM in the run-up to the next general elections.

On the condition of anonymity many senior Congress leaders have spoken to this observer. Off the record they have agreed that Rahul Gandhi’s chances of becoming PM are as slim as Deepika Padukone’s waist at least in the next general elections.

Besides there are many senior leaders within the grand old party who have been secretly dreaming of becoming the PM themselves. This is precisely why time and again they end up giving statements in the media saying that Rahul Gandhi should take over and all such sugary sweet stuff. In reality what they mean is it is they who should take over.

But nobody is ready to state the obvious as they strongly feel that they have still few years of politicking left in them. Nobody wants to tick off the High Command and shoot himself in the foot. As such the terms’retirement’ and ‘resignation’ are anathemas in the lexicon of Indian politicians.

Keeping the current mood of the nation in mind, these conniving and conspiring senior Congress leaders came up with a brilliant idea ahead of the much talked about Chintan Shivir. Mr. Kapil Sibbal is on friendly terms with the Twitter guys in the US where their servers are located.

In cahoots with Shashi Tharoor, Diggi Raja, AMS, PCC and few others Sibbal sa’ab sent a request to his friends in Twitter to allow ‘Rahul Gandhi as PM’ to trend for a day. Rahul Gandhi cannot become PM but he can definitely trend as PM on Twitter. This will jolt all the world leaders and they will start congratulating Rahul Gandhi left and right. 

What a brilliant idea given by Shashiji! It worked wonders. The fans of Modiji panicked for a while as Barrack Obama hastily asked the White House to dial Rahul Gandhi’s mobile number to give the congratulation message. This faux pass was averted thanks to the First Lady who luckily called up Barkha Dutt of NDTV to get the first hand updates on the new developments in India.

Needless to say that Rahul Gandhi is very happy to see the list of trending topics on Twitter. According to a young MP and close aid of Rahul Gandhi, Baba is so excited that he has taken one thousand screen shots of today’s list of trending topics to keep them as a memento forever.

Every Congress leader and party worker have come to know that the end is nigh. They have no other option but to pave way for the Enigma called NaMo. Thanks to Twitter they could see Rahul Gandhi as PM. Had it not been for Twitter, even that privilege would never have come along.

Now enough of Rahul Gandhi as PM and hurriedly over to Narendra Modi as PM for whom the nation awaits with bated breath.

Nowadays one can feel only pity for poor Sonia Gandhi. Is she really a true sufferer? It is ironic that nobody can see her plight. She seems to be fighting too many battles simultaneously. Looks like her much talked about inner voice is speaking to her. But she cannot hear it properly as all around the cacophony of loud mouths have been drowning out the soft sound of her inner voice.

If the media reports are to be believed, she has gone abroad for a routine check-up of her mysterious ailment. The expert doctors out there will give her the exact prognosis of what has been ailing her, and what medicines she should take to treat her condition.Unfortunately, there seems no one around to bring to her notice as to what needs to be done to revive the fortunes of the party she’s been heading.

The Manmohan Singh led UPA government appears to be on the brink of collapse following the biggest ever scam that has come to be known as Coalgate. On top of it right from Mr. Sibal to Mr. Chidambaram have been insisting that Rahul Gandhi should play a larger role.

Perhaps they are treating the political field as Bollywood. They are thinking that by roping in a good script-writer, they can get a larger role for Rahul Baba in a star studded Bollywood magnum opus and a good director can bring Rahul Baba’s larger role alive on the silver screen earning him all the whistles and claps from the front-benchers. The flick will be a blockbuster by impressing both the viewers and reviewers alike. Lo and behold! All the problems will vanish out the window.

Nothing can be more comic than this. The PM presides over mind numbing scams after scams. When the country looks up to him for explanation, all he gives is stoic silence in reply. The senior ministers and leaders suffer from the foot in the mouth disease. Their ill-thought out statements come at wrong times and create monumental controversies sending their spin doctors into tizzy. But all this is water over buffalo’s back since nothing stirs the consciousness of the ruling elite.

Therefore, the tide is turning faster than you can say Rahul Gandhi. The writing is written on the wall. The country is tired of lame duck leadership at the helm. All it needs is a decisive leadership in charge that can put the country back on the economic growth and overall development path.

So many names as future prime ministers have begun to do the rounds. But there is a massive popularity wave in favour of only one person as of now. He is the most popular chief minister who has taken his state to unprecedented heights. Every business tycoon worth his salt has showered praises over this unsung hero whose fans fondly call him NaMo, aka, Mr. Narendra Modi.

As the more PM stays silent and the more Rahul Gandhi’s name comes up as the future PM, the more it is likely to benefit Mr. Modi. He has perhaps sensed it. And this is why he has never made his prime ministerial ambitions public. Instead he has let his fans do all the talking on his behalf.

The Modi-detractors put forth arguments saying that he may not emerge as the consensus PM candidate as far as the NDA allies are concerned. That he is yet to offer an apology for the post-Godhra riots of 2002 that took place under his alleged watch. That he is merely a good administrator who is yet to make a mark outside his home-state. And so on and so forth.

The anti-NaMo brigade can go on and on. But the fact remains that a weakened UPA is up against the massive wave of the Modi fever. To withstand this wave, perhaps the combined charisma of Rahul-Priyanka may just fall short of the magic number required to form the government at the Centre in 2014.

Therefore, it is advisable to accept the fact the Modi-juggernaut is rolling and crossing all milestones on its way to New Delhi with such panache that the only solution is to step aside as a mute spectator to make way for it. Otherwise, it has a huge potential to crush those blocking its way under its gigantic wheels.


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