Rahul Gandhi To Be Opposition’s Face in 2019, Says Jyotiraditya

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| July 9 , 2017 , 15:04 IST

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, on Sunday, said in an interview that Vice President Rahul Gandhi will be the opposition's face in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Scindia, in an Interview with news agency IANS, said that Vice President Rahul Gandhi may be elevated as party chief on completion of the organisational election process in October and he will be the opposition's face in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

He said, “Rahul Gandhi is leading the party and he will be leading the party.”

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Scindia, 46, is a senior leader of the Congress Party. Titular Maharaja of Gwalior and MP of Guna, he served as the Minister of Power in Manmohan Singh’s cabinet.

Scindia assessed that the time for introspection is over and the party has to act soon on a game plan to improve its prospects in the 2019 elections. He claimed that the Narendra Modi government will face defeat in the next elections in the same way as the first National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee had lost power in 2004 despite its "India Shining" slogan.

In response to a direct question whether Rahul Gandhi will be the face of this larger opposition, Scindia said, "I certainly think so. I think the opposition is united in their support for Rahul Gandhi and he will lead the opposition onslaught.

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There has been recurrent speculation about Rahul Gandhi's elevation, with many leaders in the past have suggested that he should take over from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who is the longest-serving chief of the party.

Alleging that Modi government is high on speeches and low on performance, Scindia cited an Abraham Lincoln quote by saying, “Abraham Lincoln had said, 'You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time’. You can't keep talking about propaganda if the ground is slipping underneath your feet. This is the same as the India Shining campaign that you saw in 2003-2004.”

However, he added that the Congress has to get its act together. “I think it is important that we also get our act together and put our best foot forward. In all the state elections, there has to be a clear strategy as well as for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.”

"I am confident that Rahulji will start acting on that game plan very soon," he added.