WikiLeaks: 'Rahul Gandhi failed as an MP representing Amethi'
- Sep 04, 2011, 14:45 PM IST
New Delhi: Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has released another US cable showing some comments made by columnist and political insider Saeed Naqvi on Rahul Gandhi, who is general secretary of the Congress party and the son of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
According to the US cable, Saeed Naqvi, in a March 1, 2005 conversation with US official Poloff, had commented on Rahul Gandhi at some length. At the same time, Naqvi had prefaced his remarks by noting that he was a personal friend of Rahul's father, Rajiv Gandhi.
Naqvi had claimed, acording to the cable, that the word among Congress insiders, including those in the coterie surrounding Sonia Gandhi, was that Rahul would never become prime minister of India for several reasons. Naqvi told the US official that it was increasingly common knowledge that Rahul suffered from 'personality problems' of an emotional or psychological nature.
Naqvi had also claimed that his Congress contacts told him that Rahul failed as an MP representing Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
The cable further says, "Naqvi told in his conversation that Rahul has done nothing for UP except to make pro-forma appearances in Amethi and he made no impression on the people of the state.
Naqvi stated that the Gandhi family always preferred that Rahul's sister, Priyanka, enter politics, as she was judged to be more intelligent and savvy. Arguing that Sonia Gandhi is an Italian mother, and 'like an Indian mother,' has a protective feeling regarding her son, Naqvi speculated that Sonia apparently went against her better judgment and selected Rahul over his sister as 'heir apparent.'
In another cable released by the whistleblower website, which was sent from the US Consulate in Chennai in June 2008 has indicated that the DMK preferred to project Sonia Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate instead of Manmohan Singh in 2009 Lok Sabha Polls.
Quoting the party’s senior strategist, retired businessman Siva Prakasam, the then US Consul General Dennis T Hopper had said that “Sonia Gandhi would be the most appealing in TN while Rahul is 'not ready'.
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