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Will Congress name PM choice? Buzz around Nilekani as a wild card

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by Marqueur, Dec 11, 2013.

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  1. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    NEW DELHI: The corridors of the capital are abuzz with speculation as to who might be Congress' candidate for Prime Minister — if a candidate should indeed be named before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, and if Rahul Gandhi decides he doesn't wish to position himself for the job.

    Meanings are being read into Sonia Gandhi's statement on Sunday, after the electoral debacle, that a candidate would be named at an "opportune time". Although several senior leaders in the party have refused to attach any significance whatsoever to the statement and have pointed to its very open-ended and non-specific nature, that hasn't stopped New Delhi's rumour mills from whirring.

    There are the usual names from within — finance minister P Chidambaram, defence minister A K Antony, and home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

    Then, there is a wildcard entry — UDAI chairman and the man behind Aadhaar: Nandan Nilekani.

    In fact, some of the recent attacks on Aadhaar are being traced back to the ( i will like to put "perceived" here) emergence of Nilekani as a dark horse.

    When TOI called him, Nilekani's immediate and only reaction was, "Complete rubbish. This must be a figment of someone's over-active imagination."

    Among the things that are said to be going in his favour:

    * Technocrat with no political base of his own;

    * Clean image;

    * Known to business;

    * Good interpersonal skills;

    * Was one of the founding members of Infosys, who is not only wealthy in his own right, but has also given away a lot of it;

    * Now has four-and-a-half years experience in government: as head of the Unique Identification project has had to work across states, parties and ministries to implement one of the world's most ambitious and politically difficult public projects;

    * Will be a good face to project globally;

    * Is said to have a good equation with Sonia and especially Rahul;

    * At 58, is relatively young;

    * As an alumnus of IIT, a symbol of modern-day meritocracy;

    * His wife, Rohini, has impeccable credentials in the non-profit sector, having been a prime driver of a number of NGOs and a contributor to a few others;

    * Can possibly draw an army of young volunteers like the Aam Aadmi Party has.

    That he is not averse to the rough and tumble of politics is obvious from his as-yet-unannounced decision to contest the Lok Sabha elections from South Bangalore, for which he already has a large campaign team on the ground and running.

    Obviously, the opposition from within Congress will be intense. There are leaders with many, many more years of experience in politics and government, and very strong credentials in running ministries. Chidambaram, in particular, has held some of the most critical portfolios at the Centre, from home to finance. He has a great reputation for efficiency and energy, as a reformer, and for his grasp of complex issues. Among the others, Antony is known to have the absolute trust of the Gandhis, while Shinde, a Dalit, speaks good Hindi, has the experience of running a coalition government in Maharashtra and has an impeccable track record as a loyalist.

    Nilekani, by comparison, is still a novice. Also, Manmohan Singh's performance is seen to have robbed technocrats of some of their sheen, at least in the political arena.

    If Nilekani's candidature gains currency, Aadhaar is likely to come under even greater attack even as officials in the Unique Identification Authority of India point to the fact that 510 million cards have already been issued and the target of 600 million will be met in the next few months. They see it as testimony to the execution skills of Nilekani and his ability to navigate the system, often in the face of open as well as veiled opposition from within.

    Discounting the speculation around Nilekani, a senior Congress leader said, "First and foremost, this assumes that a name will be announced, and that Rahul isn't interested. Just two days ago, he vowed to work at transforming the Congress organisation. Does that sound like he wants to step aside?"

    But there is a section within the Congress that believes Congress should make its choice known. Said another senior party leader, "BJP and AAP have benefited from the fact that voters have a face — Modi and Kejriwal. Of course, Kejriwal is the founder of his party, so there's no question of not projecting him. But yes, naming a PM candidate can have a downside too, especially in a party like Congress."

    Will Congress name PM choice? Buzz around Nilekani as a wild card - The Times of India
     
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    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    Talk of Nilekani being made PM candidate 'hypothetical': Cong

    Congress today dismissed as "hypothetical" talk of Nandan Nilekani being made the PM candidate, maintaining that it was for the high command to choose Rahul Gandhi or any other leader.

    Party spokesman Sandeep Dikshit also said that "Rahul Gandhi has lot of support and lot many of us consider him our leader" but feigned ignorance about the possibility of his being made the PM candidate.

    He also brushed aside suggestions that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could be replaced in wake of the poll drubbing, insisting that party has already made it clear that he will complete his term.

    "I don't know from where this talk (about Nilekani) has come. That a newspaper has said this does not necessarily mean it is the information of Congress...The Congress President has said that the PM candidate will be announced at an appropriate time", Dikshit told reporters while replying to a volley of questions on the issue.

    "I am not privy to the information whether Nandan Nilekani is being considered or not considered...I don't know the sources of the information and from where it has come. I do not believe in its substance. I have never heard of it before this article came...Right now it is hypothetical," the Congress spokesperson said.

    He said he has absolutely no idea of the talk about Nilekani before this article appeared. A newspaper article spoke of the possibility of Nilekani as a wild card entry as Congress PM candidate for the next general elections given the background of his being a successful technocrat with clean image.

    A number of party leaders, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said it is unlikely but Dikshit chose to play safe in the official briefing.

    "...But I can say with confidence that whoever the high command decides would be among the best and one who is competent to lead", he said when asked whether the Congress President's statement meant that Rahul would not be the candidate.

    "Mr Gandhi or someone (else) it is for the high command to decide...But I can say Mr Gandhi has lot of support and lot many of us consider him our leader," he said.

    Dikshit, at the same time, said that he was "not suggesting anything".

    Talk of Nilekani being made PM candidate 'hypothetical': Cong | Business Standard

    Congress should put up an ad in the news papers with a title ... "HIGHLY EDUCATED (FOOL) PERSON REQUIRED FOR HENPECKED PM POST"
     
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  3. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    who the hell is he ????????
     
  4. Golden_Rule

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    Nilenkani will be used like a CONDOM by Congress and flushed down the toilet when their fun is over
     
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    He is the same person who handled all Aadhar Card scheme which is so much useful and successful.......ohhh wait.......Aadhar Card is as successful as Rahul Gandhi's election campaigns in recent elections.....

    No wonder he will be CONgress PM candidate.....He proved his usefullness in Aadhar Card SCAM.....I mean Scheme
     
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    Exactly the question common Indian people will ask.

    Against Narendra Modi, this Nilekani is a non-issue - no one even knows him, it appears
    as though Congress hasn't put up any candidate at all. People are angry at the fuss
    created by Aadhar, so even those who know him will most probably detest him.
     
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  7. Bang Galore

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    Really man? Aadhar is a brilliantly executed and is probably one of the best such plans ever designed. Whatever issues there are with it, Nilekani is hardly responsible. Granted that Nilekani is no politician & I don't particularly think he would be interested but to run down a man as smart as him is not required. It is not as if the BJP has any less admiration for him, h is pretty much non-political even if it was MMS who asked him to help out.
     
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    Brilliant plan, Badly executed....

    Hell even Dogs have AAdhar card....
     
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    BRILLIANTLY EXECUTED ????
    In what Universe?????.
    I am on mobile right now....Will give the "Proofs" in some time on how "Good" it was executed
     
  10. Bang Galore

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    Err........ with Iris scan & fingerprints?
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    yeah you can ask one of the Mod's dog has AAdhar card.... :rofl: [MENTION=6916]Manmohan Yadav[/MENTION]
     
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    IMO congress already knows its gonna loose
    so they are gonna put up a weak candidate
    and after the results, blame it all on him.
     
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    what about it ? it isn't a laughing matter :tsk:

    it wasn't for free you know, i paid Rs.1500 for it.
     
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    I'm not sure what is meant by that. If it simply means that it is in the dog's name, the logic of the UID No. is misunderstood. What one's name is doesn't matter. Names can be changed to anything of one's preference. What will not change is the unique identity captured. The system(and I'm yet to hear of any such cases) will not allow multiple identities to people with the same Iris scan and fingerprints, atleast when the data is all collected in a central database.. That's why it is called unique identity number. There will be one i.d. per applicant regardless of what name it is under.
     
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    That is like what $30 and for what it is worth....

    If they could clud all the facilities to the card it is a lot worth and they should make it mandatory.
     
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