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Pranab Mukherjee Shares Candid Views on Rahul Gandhi and Gandhi-Nehru Dominance

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Pranab Mukherjee Shares Candid Views on Rahul Gandhi and Gandhi-Nehru Dominance

In a candid conversation on the show 'Black And White' aired on Aaj Tak, Pranab Mukherjee, the former President of India, voiced his views on the political trajectory of Rahul Gandhi, a prominent figure in the Indian National Congress. Mukherjee, a veteran political leader himself, turned the spotlight on Gandhi's political maturity, or perceived lack thereof, and his ability to lead the Congress party.

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Assessing Rahul Gandhi

Mukherjee described Gandhi as being 'very courteous' and 'full of questions', yet tagged him as a politician 'yet to mature'. He expressed concerns over Gandhi's ability to run the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), questioning his readiness for such a significant role. Furthermore, Mukherjee advised Gandhi to join the Cabinet to gain first-hand experience in governance, indicating his belief that practical involvement holds the key to political maturity.

Criticism and Concerns

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Mukherjee did not mince words when expressing his disillusionment with Gandhi's 'frequent disappearing acts' and his recurrent absence from the Parliament after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He criticized Gandhi's criticism of an ordinance brought in by the UPA government in 2013, and expressed his disappointment with the young leader's behaviour. Mukherjee also voiced skepticism about a scheduling mishap that occurred at Gandhi's office, underscoring his concerns about Gandhi's preparedness to run the PMO.

The Gandhi-Nehru Dominance

Adding another dimension to the conversation, Mukherjee critiqued the dominance of the Gandhi-Nehru family in the Congress, expressing disillusionment with the control exerted by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi over the party. He stated that their dominance impacted the polity of the country, implying that a shift in this power dynamic could potentially reshape the political landscape. Through his comments, Mukherjee underscored the need for fresh perspectives and diversified leadership within the Congress.

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