Karnataka Elections: Rahul Gandhi's road to India's Prime Ministership
Updated On : 08 May 2018,04:51 PM
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday made it clear that if the Congress wins majority in 2019, he will become the Prime Minister of India. Gandhi claimed that the BJP will not return to power in Karnataka and it was near to impossible for Modi to be re-elected as the PM. However, it is not going to be easy for both the Congress to get majority and Rahul Gandhi to become the Prime Minister. But the road to India's Prime Ministership will pass through the Karnataka elections.
After the recent Gujarat Assembly elections, where the Congress improved drastically, Rahul Gandhi has emerged a changed man. He has become more evident, serious and aggressive. However, if the party failed to retain Karnataka, his leadership will once again come under the scanner.
Several pre-poll surveys have predicted a hung Assembly in Karnataka. Although, the Congress claimed to win the majority, it would be interesting to see what Rahul will do if the party fell short of the majority.
In recent elections, be it Goa, Manipur, or Meghalaya, the Congress failed to form government despite being the single largest party. So learning the art of managing allies will be a stiff challenge for the Congress president.
The speech Rahul Gandhi delivered during the Congress Plenary Session, was a glimpse of his ability to match PM Modi's eloquence. However, while Modi is a seasoned orator, Rahul is still learning the art and Karnataka Assembly election could be a platform for him to sharpen his public speaking skills.
No doubt that Rahul Gandhi has started fetching large crowd in his rallies despite a series of negative campaign against him. But the Congress president will have to face Modi in 2019. And to be ready for that, he will need to connect with the people, especially the youth of the country. And Karnataka elections could be a golden opportunity for the Gandhi scion to prove his mettle and move a step closer towards the chair of Prime Minister.