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Is Rahul Gandhi angry? Sonia says no comment

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday refused to comment on reports that her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi was "angry" when he asked for leave for a few weeks on Monday.
There has been a lot of speculation since Monday over why the 44-year-old leader chose to go on a sabbatical on the first day of Parliament's Budget session in which the opposition plans to corner theNarendra Modi government over a series of issues, including the proposed amendments to the Land Acquisition Act.

The Land Act, passed by the UPA government in 2013, was one of the pet projects of Rahul, who had lobbied extensively with the then Manmohan Singh government to ensure that it is not anti-poor.

The Congress, which has been reduced to a dismal minority in Lok Sabha with 44 MPs and is on a better footing in Rajya Sabha, is looking at the ongoing Budget session as its opportunity to reclaim the lost political grounds after a series of debacles at the hustings.


The Congress has been performing badly in the recent elections, which started with the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and continued with a series of Assembly elections in various states including Delhi, the state the party ruled for a straight 15 years till December 2013 and has ended up with a stunning blank at the hands of Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal.

On Monday, the BJP had hit out at Rahul Gandhi for "holidaying" when Parliament is in session. The Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said: "This only shows the seriousness of the Congress party. He is holidaying while budget session is on."

Rahul is reported to have taken the "leave of absence" to reflect on a series of electoral defeats and deliberate on the future course of the 130-year-old party. Sonia on Monday said that he has already proceeded on vacation as she urged people to "give him a few weeks". "Rahul is on a few days' leave... He has already left on leave. Give him a few weeks," Sonia told Headlines Today on being questioned about the reports of his absence from party affairs.

Asked if Rahul's absence would reflect on the forthcoming All India Congress Committee (AICC) session in April, Sonia said, "It is reasonably right." The AICC session is expected in early April and media reports have suggested that Rahul could be made the party chief on the occasion.
Sources in the Congress said the 44-year-old leader believes that the direction that his party adopts at the upcoming AICC session will decide its future and he wishes to prepare for it.

Source: India Today

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