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Bharat Gehlot, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
On March 25, 2015, The Hindu reported that “Rahul missing” posters have cropped up in UP. It is one of the two constituencies from where Congress could manage to win in entire UP in the last LokSabha election.
Rahul Gandhi is a vice-president of the Congress party. The party which is facing one of the biggest crises in its entire history and the manner in which he has acted post Lok Sabha election is something which very few would appreciate. For instance, he has taken leave (perhaps deliberately) during the crucial budget session of the government. As a result, he is keeping himself away from all the important decisions that are being discussed currently in the country.
This type of attitude from the vice-president sends very wrong signal. It shows that Congress party is lacking proper direction from the top leaders. This was also one of main reasons which led to disastrous performance of the party all across India.
The Rahul-missing posters are highlighting the promises he made to the people of Amethi during his poll campaign. One of the promises he made was that he would visit his constituency at least once in a month to address the problems being faced by the people.
It is very common practice by the political leaders that they don’t show up once elections get over. I believe that, all political leaders have to understand that their sole purpose of contesting the elections was to work for the people. If they can’t do this, they shouldn’t have contested in the first place.