Congress President Sonia Gandhi is a workaholic and her two children have failed to persuade her to take a break in the last five years.
Rahul Gandhi, her son and party general secretary, told reporters on Wednesday that he and his sister Priyanka had tried every trick in the book to convince their mother to take a break but had failed. “When she makes up her mind on a particular course of action, she sticks to it …”, he said at a luncheon meeting hosted by the AICC media department chairman M Veerappa Moily.
Sonia was admitted to hospital over the New Year and doctors said she was suffering from chest congestion.
“Maybe you (the media) can create pressure on her to take a holiday,” he told reporters.
Announcing plans to start a nationwide tour from February, Rahul rubbished suggestions about the Congress having its back to the wall after poll debacles in Gujarat and Himachal and said that politics was not a “switch-on/switch-off” game. Electoral losses (or victories) were a part and parcel of the democratic process, he said.
Rahul’s political tour will begin from South India – but not necessarily from Karnataka, where elections are shortly due.
The Congress general secretary did not question BJP leader LK Advani’s decision to reveal contents of a conversation between them after a chance meeting at the Delhi airport and described the BJP as an adversary, but not an enemy.
His remarks came in the context of news reports that Advani was touched by his gesture of walking up to greet him at the VIP lounge at the Palam airport and that he (Advani) had told Rahul that since the political base of national parties was shrinking, the BJP and Congress should view one another only as adversaries and not as enemies.
“I am not disappointed about the private conversation being made public; it is his (Advani’s) prerogative. But I am not in the business of making private conversation public”, he said.
Stressing on the need to improve functioning of the NSUI and the Youth Congress, Rahul said the youth cadres wanted a role in the party’s decision-making process.