Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Rahul Gandhi’s soft touch gives Pune students a taste of Cong’s Priyanka elixir
Toast for breakfast, no time to watch movies and a good scuba diver. He likes to stay fit, but harbours no illusion about working on a six-pack. Those were some of the nuggets Rahul Gandhi shared in Pune on Friday.
However, the measure of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s impact on the Congress election campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls could be gauged from the non-political questions Rahul Gandhi encountered in Pune, during his interaction with college students of the city.
The first question the Congress president had to answer was about his sister, now star campaigner, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. What was growing up with her like?
The memory recalled was laid-back, fond and spoke of Gandhi’s development as a political leader able to offer a “soft side” to warm hearts. “Fighting with Priyanka at the dinner table is what I remember most,” he said, adding, “Priyanka was a little naughty and would force me to eat sweets so that I would become fat.”
Rahul said: “There were fights on various issues, but we matured, after seeing the deaths of our grandmother and father. Half of the time I used to withdraw from the confrontation and half of the time she uses to withdraw.”
The love shared between brother and sister Rahul underlined by lifting his hand to display the rakhi on it.
To a question on competition in the political arena between Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra, Rahul replied, “We don’t have any competition, rather, we are good friends.”
Rahul interacted with students at a packed auditorium at the Mahalaxmi Lawns in Magarpatta and negotiated questions with the help of R J Malishka and Marathi actor Subodh Bhave who anchored the event.
Bhave, on his part, suggested that for a biopic on Rahul, the hero and director for the movie could be finalised, but not the heroine. What about marriage? To which Rahul laughed and said, “I married to my work.”
While asked about memories of his grandmother Indira Gandhi, Rahul said, “I use to hide behind curtain while she worked and played peekaboo with her. She was aware that I am hiding, but used to act like she is scared.”