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Rahul Gandhi says he doesn’t want to marry, nor in race for PM’s job

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by Marqueur, Mar 6, 2013.

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  1. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi, arguably India's most eligible bachelor, said on Tuesday he wasn't interested in marriage. Nor was he in the race for the prime minister's post - this despite his recent appointment as Congress vice-president which was widely regarded as a precursor for him to be the party's candidate for the top job in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

    In a rare free-wheeling conversation with Congress MPs and journalists in Parliament's Central Hall, Rahul said he did not wish to tie the knot and start a family as doing so would lead him to develop a vested interest in the status quo at the expense of his mission to democratize the Congress and decentralize its decision-making.

    "If I get married and have children, then I will become a status quoist and will be concerned about bequeathing my position to my children," he said. This was the first-ever confirmation of Rahul's much-speculated disinclination to marry and start a family. Rahul has so far fended off questions about his marriage by saying people would get to know about his plans at the appropriate time.

    He also denied that he aspired to be PM and lamented that Congress as well as other parties had degenerated into oligarchies where a tiny elite call the shots. Asked about his interest in the PM's job, he said, "Asking whether you want to be prime minister is to ask me a wrong question." The response defied the growing clamour from the ranks that he be declared the Congress's candidate for PMO in the 2014 polls.

    The disclaimer also comes at a time when the move to project Narendra Modi as BJP's candidate for the top job has gathered momentum, and belies the assessment that Rahul's agreeing to Congress vice-president suggested that he had finally come around to be projected as the party's spearhead for the 2014 polls.

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    Congress immediately rushed to insist that Rahul's comments may not necessarily be the last word on whether he will accept the responsibility. Party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said, "All Congress workers desire that Rahul Gandhi become the PM one day and we are sure that our wish will be fulfilled."

    Alvi further said that what Rahul thought of himself was one thing and only reinforced that he did not hanker after any post for sure. "That he does not want to be the PM is his thinking. But as far as workers of Congress party are concerned, they want him and I am sure one day he will become the PM of the country," he added.

    The Congress spokesperson said Rahul's statement contrasted sharply with the intense jockeying for position in other parties, and showed that he, like mother Sonia, was not in politics for selfish ends.

    Talking to MPs and journalists, Rahul built upon his renunciatory note by declaring Mahatma Gandhi to be his inspiration and by detailing his plan to disperse decision-making power in the party. He looked relaxed and handled all questions put to him with ease, in what contrasted sharply with the impression of aloofness about him.

    Rahul said Gandhi wielded such influence because he never hankered for power. He added that he was inspired by 'nishkam karma' or selfless pursuit of action, the central doctrine of the Bhagavad Gita. He said he was not interested in power, having seen prime ministers from close quarters.

    Picking up from where he left in the party's brainstorming session in Jaipur in January, Rahul said he wanted to rebuild the party from the ground up, empowering workers. He said decision-making in Congress had come to be concentrated in 15-20 people, resulting in a situation where the aspirant for a legislative council nomination in Andhra Pradesh had to come to Delhi. "Why should this be so?" he asked.

    Rahul said the trend of cartelization was true of other parties as well. "I want to give voice to the middle-tier... empower middle-level leaders. There are some parties in India which are run by one leader, two leaders, five to six leaders and 15 to 20 leaders. My priority is to empower MPs as also legislators in states." This was seen as him referring to the BSP, SP, BJP and Congress.

    He also said that Congress being the lead player, whatever it does will have a ripple effect on others, stressing that other players often mimic what the Grand Old Party does. "Now BJP also has a core group," Rahul said referring to the saffron outfit's embrace of the organizational mechanism which was first conceived by Congress.

    Rahul Gandhi says he doesn?t want to marry, nor in race for PM?s job - The Times of India

    sau chuhe khake billi haj ko chali :tongue1::tongue1: Congress has allowed its allies chew away the roots ... its no point in trimming the leaves ... this tree is going to die soon
     
  2. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Pretty much what I've been saying all along. The VP/ President of the party will be from the Gandhi family. The PM is more open- Almost certainly Chidambaram since Pranab has been sent upwards. You can realistically rule RG out for 2014 PM race. But 2018 might be a different case.
     
  3. That Tall Guy

    That Tall Guy 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    you mean 2019 rite?? :big_boss:
     
  4. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Yeah 2019- I think he'll become the congress president by then and having spent over 5 years in top roles, he may feel that PM-ship is a responsiblity he can handle. But all indications are that he doesn't have great credibility as a politician, so he might end up continuing as president rather than stand for elections for PM.
     
  5. smestarz

    smestarz Lt. Colonel REGISTERED

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    I remember a movie called Andaz apna apna, where Amir and Salman are discussing about who will attempt first to woo Ravina Tandom,
    That time the guy supporting them Anand Akela (Javed Khan) says that he has been smart to leave the race.
    Then Amir says "Tu Race mein tha hi kab?"
    Thats what they say about sour grapes, guess that is another stratety from the G family to show off its "sacrifices"
     
  6. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    they know being remote control is more profitable that being in any actual post
     
  7. Bang Galore

    Bang Galore Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't........:lol:
     
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    That Tall Guy 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    His charm doesnt work any more.. any one who is a leader or wanna be leader doesnt shun responsibility & definitely not again n again.. Its better if he does wat he has to do within congress and doesnt take charge of the nation.
     
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    I think this is the second last effort to try and get something before 2014, the last alternative might be to "delete" someone either between Waitress or RG, as there is no other logical way that Congress is coming to power, Who the hell wants baboons in parliament..
     
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    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    kab ye 2014 ayega ... 8 years of horror ... 2yrs more to go
     
  11. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    RGs decision not to marry is of no use unless he also agrees not to pruduce specimen like himself. He must spare this earth of more morons from his linage.
     
  12. TSUNAMI

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    Now I think Priyanka ki aulad apna surname Vadra nahi Gnadhi rakhegi......(Just like bilawal bhutto)
     
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    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    कांग्रेस को बहू-मत दो! ;)
     
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    TSUNAMI Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Bro U r the funniest person on this forum.....
     
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    haan bilkul sahi kyo ki yeh desh dusara rahul nahi jhel payega.Aur kisne kaha ki woh pm banne ki race mai hai hum toh kabhi nahi kahete kyo ki ghodon ki race mai ghadhe nahi dauda karte.
     
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