Ahead of crucial rallies, Rahul Gandhi leaves for Norway
In a move that has garnered attention, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is leaving for Oslo "for a few days" on the invitation of Norway's Foreign Affairs Ministry. What has raised eyebrows is the timing: in the coming days, there are at least two crucial political rallies featuring India's main opposition party. Both Congress leaders and rivals are taking notice.
'Looking forward to meeting political and business leaders'
What could be the possible reason behind this move?
There are speculations this might be an excuse to avoid sharing the dais with RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav; the party is organizing a joint opposition rally in Patna tomorrow. The Gandhi scion has expressed reluctance in appearing publicly with Prasad following his conviction in a corruption case. He could also miss a mega rally of opposition parties scheduled on September 1 in Gujarat.
Incidentally, this comes after reports of Priyanka's elevation
Reportedly, at a recent party meeting, president Sonia Gandhi wondered aloud about whether Priyanka should be given charge. Till now, speculations were rife that Rahul would head the party. Leaders have reportedly expressed support for Priyanka. Most agree Rahul's working style is in contrast to that of senior leaders, which has led to the absence of a unified game plan against the fast-expanding BJP.