NEW DELHI: After his ‘mysterious tour’, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is finally back in Delhi but has still kept the places to visit after his arrival a secret.
44-year-old Gandhi returned to Delhi after two-month long sabbatical to an unexplained place. His party including Congress President and mother Sonia Gandhi were under fire after Rahul left on February 22, a day before the crucial Budget session started.
Rahul Gandhi was in a South East Asian country and returned via a Thai Airways Flight, sources inform and added that the Gandhi scion had requested that he should be free from a Special Protection Group cover during his stay abroad and he was being given security cover of the respective country.
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul’s sister Priyanka Gandhi arrived at the Delhi residence of Rahul Gandhi to see him.
Congress has confirmed of Rahul heading a Kisan rally on April 19 against the Land Acquisition Bill. With an aim to put pressure on the Modi dispensation, Congress is planning a big mobilization of farmers across India.
The rally holds major importance as it is being held on the eve of the opening of the second phase of the Budget session of Parliament.
According to the reports, there were also voices of dispute among the senior leaders within the Congress over the long leave of Rahul as they questioned the timing of his nonexistence.
On one hand, where Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh stated that Rahul is entitled to a leave but his timings were wrong, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on the other hand told a news agency that were question marks over his leadership and Sonia Gandhi was the best hope for the party's revival.
However, Dikshit later clarified that she never said that Rahul was incapable and that she meant Sonia was the most acceptable leader. (Also Read: My words have been ‘mischievously misinterpreted’, says Sheila Dikshit after a jibe at Rahul Gandhi)
Rahul Gandhi has been under harsh criticism ever since his party suffered a shock in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Congress only managed to bag 44 seats out of 545-member House.
The sudden absence of Rahul from the political scene gave another chance to the rivals to point fingers towards his leadership qualities and interest in politics.