Rahul Gandhi seems to have finally agreed to play a larger role in Congress affairs in what can resolve the uncertainty over the party’s leadership in the lead-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Amid the growing chorus surrounding Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi’s impending entry into active politics, party leader Digvijaya Singh said the Congress heir-apparent is set to take the big leap soon after the presidential and vice-presidential polls conclude.
“Wait for September 2012 and everything will be clear,” Singh said in an interview to Rahul Kanwal on Aaj Tak’s Seedhi Baat.
“I am absolutely sure that Rahul will play a much more proactive role in mainstream Congress. Let the presidential and vice-presidential polls get over,” he added.
“If he had gone too fast, the media would have criticised him, but now there is a demand within the party. So I think the time has come,” Digvijaya said.
The leader also defended law minister Salman Khurshid’s comment that Rahul’s political stints were just “cameos”. “Everyone in the party wants Rahul to play a more active role. When Salman Khurshid said that, he merely reflected the party view,” he said.
He also slammed the Time magazine’s cover story that termed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh an underachiever. “Time’s views are not the last word and the magazine cannot dictate the pace of economic growth in India.”
He, however, promised a slew of economic reforms, which he said were in the pipeline. “The Indian economy will receive some much-needed boost from the proposed multi-brand retail in FDI and key investment proposals by furniture major IKEA and beverage giant Coca Cola,” he said.