The announcement by Congress that Rahul has taken a break coincided with the start of the Budget session of Parliament in February.
Rahul’s absence from Parliament was both a matter of serious discussion in political circles and a subject of jokes and even ridicule on social networking platforms. The Congress managers and spokespersons were finding it hard to put up a brave front while projecting that “their leader” was away to analyse the party’s electoral defeat and chalk out the future course of action. Some in the Congress also came to Rahul’s defence by asserting his right to privacy.
A big cause of embarrassment for the Congress during Rahul’s absence has been the latest suggestion by former Delhi Chief Minister Sheela Dikshit that Sonia Gandhi should continue to lead the party as Rahul lacks experience.