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Pankaj Vohra

The decision to field Rahul as Cong candidate from Amethi clearly indicates that he would be political heir to Nehru-Gandhi legacy.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2004 15:13 IST

The decision to field Rahul Gandhi as the Congress candidate from Amethi clearly indicates that he would be the political heir to the Nehru-Gandhi legacy. The announcement has also ended speculation about who, out of the two Gandhi siblings, would take the plunge into electoral politics this time.

Rahul has been chosen to contest from the constituency — represented by his late father Rajiv Gandhi, mother Sonia Gandhi and uncle Sanjay Gandhi — to drive home the point that when the baton passes on to the next Nehru-Gandhi generation, he would be the one to carry it.

In addition, Rahul’s strong association with his father makes him a natural claimant for his seat. In fact, pictures of young Rahul being consoled by Rajiv after Indira Gandhi’s cremation 20 years ago are still etched in public memory.

By shifting to Rae Bareli, the constituency represented by her mother-in-law, Sonia too has successfully projected her new political profile. Since the Shimla conclave last year, Sonia has been using Indira’s political idiom in her speeches. By moving to Rae Bareli, she has tried to project her proximity to Indira in order to also silence those who repeatedly raise the issue of her foreign origin.

The decision to field Rahul is also aimed at enthusing party workers and making a special appeal to the youth.

Finally, with Rahul's active entry, the party would erase the impression that she was the only one campaigning for the success of Congress candidates.

From available indications, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was also expected to join the electoral battle this time, may confine her role to campaigning extensively.

Now instead of one, there could be two or even three Gandhis out in the field asking for your votes.

First Published: Mar 22, 2004 18:01 IST