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AICC: Rahul keeps everyone guessing

RAHUL GANDHI keeps everybody guessing over his induction in the All India Congress Committee (AICC) as general secretary even as he moved in an open jeep reminding people of his father Rajiv Gandhi?s visits to the constituency. ?Let us see,? said Rahul when confronted with reporters that he may follow footsteps of his father, who also took the AICC route before taking over as the Prime Minister. ?I will continue to be an MP, still. I will keep on coming as MP,? he said without elaborating.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 01:35 IST

RAHUL GANDHI keeps everybody guessing over his induction in the All India Congress Committee (AICC) as general secretary even as he moved in an open jeep reminding people of his father Rajiv Gandhi’s visits to the constituency.

“Let us see,” said Rahul when confronted with reporters that he may follow footsteps of his father, who also took the AICC route before taking over as the Prime Minister.

“I will continue to be an MP, still. I will keep on coming as MP,” he said without elaborating. When asked in what capacity he would visit his constituency after the AICC session since there has been a lot of talk about his induction as general secretary, he evaded the question saying, “Let us see.”

For a change he took round of his constituency in an open jeep sending shivers down the spine of security personnel accompanying him. His visit reminded people of similar visits that his father paid to the constituency. Rahul evaded media for most part of his visit. Yet he found time to answer some of the questions from Hindustan Times.

Much significance is being attached to his observations though Rahul remained non-committal on the issue of assuming the AICC general secretary’s post.

The Congressmen have already begun reading between the lines hoping that Rahul was inclined to accept the important post. This was the second day of Rahul’s three-day tour to his constituency and he began his day by inaugurating a cricket tournament at science college situated at Gauriganj. As a result he evinced keen interest in knowing the latest on the Lahore cricket match between India and Pakistan that ended in a tame draw today. “What is the score today,” he asked.

Replying to a question whether he had received any complaints about poor quality of road construction in some areas, Rahul replied in affirmative. “Yes we have received some complaints about condition of newly laid roads,” said Rahul.

“We are getting such roads re-laid,” he said adding details about number of complaints would be made known soon.

Besides visiting ongoing projects that included work on GAIL pipeline, Rahul also visited family of a Congress worker who met with an accident recently. “How long have you been here?” Rahul asked an engineer, who was supervising work at the GAIL pipeline project. As the engineer appeared to be from south India, Rahul asked him again “What difference you find between the north and the south.”

Earlier, Rahul must have traveled down the memory lane when he visited the teashop of Panna Lal Halwai. Rahul had a cup of tea there. Some snacks like “namakpara” and “besan sev” were also served.

Thereafter, he was taken inside the house to meet Panna Lal, who was seriously ill. Yet his family members showed old family albums carrying pictures of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi’s visit to the shop. Rahul on his part tried to understand the problems of the area. At other places also Rahul’s attention was drawn towards condition of roads and drains in some villages.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 01:35 IST