Ever since Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi decided to go on “leave” for couple of weeks, rumour mills are working overtime. Amid all this, a section of disgruntled Congress workers in Allahabad have put up posters and banners in the city announcing “handsome reward” for anyone who can find Rahul.
Some of the Congress workers even demanded that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra be made the party’s vice-president, while others have demanded that she should take over the reins of the party. These Congress workers have been joined in the ‘jibe campaign’ by some workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party as well.
Amar Vaishya alias Munna Bhaiyya, a businessman of the city who has been eying a BJP ticket for the Assembly elections, on Thursday put up hoardings near Anand Bhawan, the ancestral house of the Nehru-Gandhi family. “Rahul Gandhi is missing. Those who find him would be made rich,” the hoarding declared.
“Rahul Gandhi is an escapist. He has run away from the battlefield leaving behind his men in lurch. So I have announced a cash reward to those who find him,” Vaishya said.
Earlier on Wednesday, some Congressmen in Allahabad put up posters and banners in which they demanded Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should be inducted as the Congress vice-president in absence of her brother Rahul.
Haseeb Ahmad and Shrish Dubey, two local Congressmen associated with the youth wing of the party, declared that they would campaign to bring Priyanka into mainstream politics. “We have sent a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi to appoint Priyanka as the vice-president. Rahul has failed to rejuvenate the party,” Ahmad said.
“We seriously believe that all is not well between Rahul and Priyanka. We know many aspirants of the Assembly and Lok Sabha election whom Rahul wanted to field but Priyanka denied them ticket. There are many senior party leaders behind the posters which we see in Allahabad every now and then. These leaders are not happy with Rahul for personal reasons,” said a senior Congress leader in Lucknow.