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Rahul’s N-deal lessons

india Updated: Aug 06, 2008 01:15 IST
Saroj Nagi
Saroj Nagi
Hindustan Times
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Rahul Gandhi will turn a teacher on Wednesday. On a discovery of India through his tours of different states, this time Rahul will don the role of an educator as he elaborates on the finer points of energy security while explaining the a-b-c and 123 of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal to party spokespersons.

And yes, he will take questions and clarify doubts that any of the 150-odd participants may have on the complex issue before they disperse to propagate the benefits of the deal to the people in the run up to the state and general elections.

While speaking on the subject during the confidence motion in the Lok Sabha last month, Rahul had maintained that the deal was necessary to remove poverty and boost development.

Besides Rahul, a host of other leaders and experts will brief the Congress spokespersons who are expected to hardsell the deal as a bijli-pani issue while countering the charges of rivals- including the Left that is expected to make it an election issue- that it compromises national security.

Besides Rahul, who will wrap up the session, others who will speak during the day-long orientation programme for spokespersons include National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan, the PM’s special envoy on the deal Shyam Saran, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh. The panel also includes experts like Dr Kirit Parekh and G.P. Shrinivas. The speakers will cover the entire gamut of issues relating to the deal and its impact.

The workshop is part of a series of orientation programmes drawn up by the AICC to gear up the party for the state and national polls.