Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi returned home on Thursday after a nearly two-month-long leave of absence, a vacation which had invited snide remarks from the ruling BJP and triggered an avalanche of
speculation on social media
Sources said Rahul landed in Delhi at around 11 am on a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok and reached his central Delhi home an hour later. However, details of Gandhi's trip were not available.
This was the longest sabbatical from active politics for Rahul who is an MP for 11 years.
Rahul's 57-day-long vacation, which the Congress said was time off for "introspection", came amidst a fluid political season that saw his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi leading the opposition's protest against the controversial land acquisition bill.
A section of senior Congress leaders had also questioned the party vice-president's potential to lead the party.
The Congress, however, has been defending his absence all these days, saying he needed to chart out the party's future course in "isolation" after a series of electoral drubbings. The party also did not reveal his place of vacation.
When Rahul reached his official residence at 12, Tughlaq Lane, his mother Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka were present for his homecoming, the sources added.