Once dubbing Rahul Gandhi as a weak leader, now Sena describes him as Warrior

Rahul Gandhi

The Shiv Sena that described the Congress as “feeble and disintegrated” last month, surprisingly on Thursday called its de-facto chief Rahul Gandhi a warrior for standing up against the Narendra Modi government.

Frequently changing its stand, the Sena on Thursday said “rulers in Delhi” are afraid of the Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi. An editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana also said it was a good thing that Rahul Gandhi is becoming the Congress president. “The rulers in Delhi fear Rahul Gandhi. Had it not been so, campaigns to discredit the Gandhi family would not have been carried out,” the editorial said. “A dictator is afraid even if one man is against him, and if this lone warrior is honest, the fear increases by a hundred times. The Delhi rulers’ fear of Rahul Gandhi is in this category,” editorial commented.

Interestingly, this Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena had called the Congress-led UPA as an NGO last month and demanded that NCP chief Sharad Pawar should be made chairman of UPA, instead of Sonia Gandhi. The Sena’s spokesman Sanjay Raut had also said that the UPA lacked influencing and dedicated leaders, like Amit Shah and Narendra Modi.

While backing Sharad Pawar as the next UPA chairman, the Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut even said that Sena would be happy if Pawar was chosen as UPA chairman. In a new editorial on Thursday, now Saamana lauded Rahul Gandhi and his leadership. It is a good thing that Rahul Gandhi is becoming the Congress president again, the Sena mouthpiece said. “One must accept that BJP has no alternative to Narendra Modi and Congress has no alternative to Rahul Gandhi, the Sena said.”Despite propagating that Rahul Gandhi is a weak leader, he is still standing and attacking the government at every opportunity he gets,” it said. The opposition will, at some point, rise from the ashes like the Phoenix,” it added. However, Raut forgot to say that it was Sena that dubbed Rahul as a weak leader.

The contradiction between the Sena and Congress also exposed earlier when both the parties have been at loggerheads over a demand to rename the Aurangabad city. While the Sena wants Aurangabad renamed Sambhajinagar after a Maratha warrior, many state Congress leaders, including the state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat have opposed this move.

** M Charulata

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