On 19JUL12, Rahul set the Indian press ablaze by claiming that the decision for him to play bigger roles in the Congress and the government had been taken and only the timing was now supposed to be decided by the leadership.
“I will play a more proactive role in the party and the government. The decision has been taken, the timing is up to the leadership,” Rahul told a TV channel outside Parliament after casting his vote in the presidential election.
This is the first time that Rahul has spoken about the possibility of joining the government or taking up a bigger role in the Congress as the party prepares for a string of state elections and the Lok Sabha elections.
Interestingly, the big announcement came on the day former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, and till a few days ago the government and party’s chief strategist, was contesting the presidential election — well on his way to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Welcoming Rahul’s statement, party leader Digvijay Singh said: “I have been saying this for the past two years… Rahul should play a larger role all over the country.”
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna went on record last month and stated that Rahul should join the government to help solve problems faced by the country.
There is also buzz that he could be made working president but a senior leader virtually ruled out the possibility, saying that Sonia Gandhi was its full-time president. However, speculation continues about his being appointed vice-president.