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Rahul a Lackluster Leader

Rahul a Lackluster Leader

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Damning report on Rahul Gandhi via Wikileaks Julian Assange
Damning report on Rahul Gandhi via Wikileaks Julian Assange

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Community resourcesViewing cable 05NEWDELHI1661, RAHUL GANDHI: LACKLUSTER LEADER
If you are new to these pages, please read an introduction on thestructure of a cableas well as how todiscuss themwith others. See also theFAQs  Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin05NEWDELHI16612005-03-03 12:12 2011-03-21 01:01 SECRET Embassy New DelhiAppears in these articles:http://www.thehindu.com/news/the-india-cables/article1556680.ece
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of theoriginal cable is not available.S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 NEW DELHI 001661SIPDISSTATE FOR INR/BE.O. 12958: DECL: 03/02/2015TAGS:PGOV PINR PREL IN SUBJECT: RAHUL GANDHI: LACKLUSTER LEADERREF: 04 STATE 136184Classified By: DCM Robert O. Blake, Jr. for Reasons 1.4 (B, D)1. (S) In a March 1 conversation with Poloff, influential columnist andpolitical insider Saeed Naqvi commented on Rahul Gandhi at some length. Naqviprefaced his remarks by noting that he was a personal friend of Rahul's father,Rajiv Gandhi, and a well-wisher of the Gandhi family. Naqvi was initiallydelighted when Sonia Gandhi projected Rahul as the heir apparent, but has sincelost faith. He claims that the word among Congress insiders, including those inthe coterie surrounding Sonia Gandhi, is that Rahul will never become PrimeMinister for several reasons. Saying that he ""refused to indulge in gossip,""Naqvi claimed that it is increasingly common knowledge that Rahul suffers from""personality problems"" of an emotional or psychological nature that are severeenough to prevent him from functioning as PM.2. (S) Naqvi also claimed that his Congress contacts tell him that Rahul hasfailed as an MP representing the Gandhi pocket borough in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.Congress purportedly hoped to create a revival campaign in UP based around Rahuland his appeal as a member of the Gandhi dynasty, but has now given up, as he""is causing more harm than good"" and operates at cross-purposes to the stateCongress leadership. According to Naqvi, Rahul has done nothing for UP exceptto make pro-forma appearances in Amethi, and has ""made no impression on thepeople of the state."" This is leading to growing discouragement that Congresswill be able revive and take over the state from Chief Minister Mulayam SinghYadav and his Samajwadi Party (SP) any time in the near future. This growingimpatience is reportedly fueling internal debates as to whether it would bebetter for Congress to accept a junior partner status and cultivate anappropriate regional ally, such as Mayawati and her Dalit-based BSP party.3. (S) Naqvi stated that the Gandhi family always preferred that Rahul'ssister, Priyanka, enter politics, as she was judged to be more intelligent andsavvy. Arguing that Sonia Gandhi is an Italian mother, and ""like an Indianmother,"" has a protective feeling regarding her son, Naqvi speculated thatSonia apparently went against her better judgment and selected Rahul over hissister as ""heir apparent."" Naqvi claimed that Gandhi dynastic politics had nofuture, as the family has run out of prime ministerial candidates withappropriate charisma. Indira Gandhi was the last member of the dynasty capableof being an effective PM and Rajiv would never have won re-election had he notbeen assassinated. Naqvi implied that the common impression among Congressinsiders is that Rahul is far below even his father in political ability.4. (C) Comment: Naqvi offered an unusually sharp commentary of views we haveheard elsewhere. While our Congress contacts invariably hail Sonia as a""visionary leader"" with a special feeling for India's ""common man"" there arefew in the party who are willing to offer such glowing comments on Rahul. Rahuldisdains the Delhi social scene, in contrast to most of his political peers. Inthe few instances we have come across Rahul, he has kept a very low profile andkept mostly to himself or close friends. Despite signs of growing unhappinessfrom Congress insiders regarding Rahul, however, he continues to be the subjectof press reports that rave about his participation in the early JanuaryCongress Youth training camp and suggest that he is preparing to take the mantleof the ""leader of young India"" and ""blossoming into a leader with massacceptability."" During the two-day youth training session, Rahul engaged in
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