Vox populi: Sonia move strikes a chord
SONIA GANDHI’S decision to resign from the Lok Sabha and the post of National Advisory Council chairperson over the office of profit controversy has many supporters in Lucknow. “She has done what we did not think was possible in Indian politics,” said former IAS officer D S Rawat.
He and his wife were among a large number of people (other than Congress workers) who had gathered to have a glimpse of Sonia at Amausi airport.
Asked whether the couple were Congress supporters, Rawat replied, “No, I am not. In fact I have been against the Congress, but Sonia’s move has drawn me towards the party.”
The motorcade with a large number of supporters left Amausi Airport for Rae Bareli. The Congress leader took brief halts on way to her constituency for a road show.
R P Gupta, a trader on Kanpur Road, said the decision had taken everybody by surprise. “Though it looks (the decision) impulsive, it’s a well thought-out move,” he said.
“I am here to see her,” he said, adding, “but, party workers are coming in the way.”
Mahesh Jain, another trader on Kanpur Road, said the decision would give Congress political mileage, while his friend Amit Sisodia felt the party could refurbish its image in the State.
“After Mahatma Gandhi, it’s Sonia who had the guts to decline the PM’s post,” said Mohit Pandey. However, he said it was a political move and could have its implications, if not cashed in on properly. His elder brother Sumit Pandey felt the decision to step down was aimed to create a wave in favour of the Congress.
Aruna Prakash, a housewife trying to get a glimpse of Sonia, said, “She sensed trouble, and therefore quit to calm the storm arising out of the office of profit controversy.”
Again, Mukesh, an executive with a private firm, said, “She has shown that she belongs to an independent nation. Who has the guts to say ‘no’ to the most powerful job in our country?” he quipped, adding, “Indians need to learn from her.”
M S Singh, a senior citizen, said it seemed that UP politics was witnessing a new dawn.
“The resignation by Sonia has given a new dimension to the Congress and left the other party leaders tongue-tied,” he added.
However, Rupesh Singh on Rae Bareli Road felt that the decision to step down was the result of mounting pressure from the Opposition.
“The party’s actual position in UP will be known only after elections,” said P Gujral, adding that people had a short memory and they may forget all “sacrifices” by the time elections were held.