There will be no break for Rahul Gandhi--at least not on Twitter. The Congress vice president was the target of sarcasm, jokes and cricticsm after it emerged that he had taken "leave of absence" from the party to "reflect and introspect".
"Rahul Gandhi asks for some leave from Congress ( reflection time.). Oh, I thought he was on long leave already ....", tweeted senior journalist Barkha Dutt.
In a surprise move, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has taken a sabbatical "for a few weeks" following the party's whitewash in the Delhi assembly polls after a string of electoral losses - including the Lok Sabha polls in 2014.
Some on Twitter hoped that he would finally find the enlightenment he's seeking in life. "So what were all the breaks Rahul Gandhi took before this? Unofficial leave of absence? Hope he finds his Banyan tree of enlightenment", @rahulkanwal tweeted.
Here are a few more tweets that will certainly crack you up:
I'm glad Rahul Gandhi's finally gone on holiday. I'm sure his brain got tired of holidaying alone this whole time.— Rohan (@mojorojo) February 23, 2015
Rahul Gandhi is upset that Rahul Gandhi has asked for leave of absence from Rahul Gandhi to reflect on Rahul Gandhi's failures— Spin-detector (@bwoyblunder) February 23, 2015
The 'Rahul Gandhi on leave to reflect on recent events' makes an extremely generous assumption that he is actually aware of recent events— IndiaSpeaks (@IndiaSpeaksPR) February 23, 2015
Rahul Gandhi is taking leave from Congress party. This is not what we want to do during annual appraisal time.— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) February 23, 2015
Rahul Gandhi tells his mother Sonia Gandhi he is going on leave. This leave comes after a long leave that he has been on for years #theekhai
— rama lakshmi (@RamaNewDelhi) February 23, 2015
Rahul Gandhi is that dude who goes on leave just before a huge launch and the rest of his colleagues are torn between hatred and jealousy— Priyal (@priyal) February 23, 2015
Indian politics: You slept with someone. Rahul Gandhi: But we were on a break.— Deep Shah (@coziambatman_) February 23, 2015
Rahul Gandhi's email has permanent Out of Office settings— Ajith (@ajith27) February 23, 2015
The Congress has been performing badly at the hustings, which started with the Lok Sabha elections last year and continued in the assembly elections in various states including Delhi recently.
The debacle in Delhi, where Congress failed to get even one seat in the 70-member House, was more stunning as the party had ruled the state for 15 years till December 2013.