Probably Every one of us is sure about Rahul Gandhi being the Prime Minister of this country, sooner or later. This post is not on the topic if he deserves the post or not simply because that question doesn’t matter. His birth in India’s most powerful family makes him eligible for the post. Anyway, as I said this post is not about why Rahul should (or shouldn’t) be the PM. This post, as the title suggests, is a prediction of the timeline of events that eventually will lead to the golden moment when Rahul will become the PM.
An opinion that is all over the media now is that Manmohan Singh has proved to be incompetent on several issues and needs to start performing. Not just Manmohan is incompetent, the articles have advocated Rahul’s launch as soon as possible. Tuhin Sinha in his post in ToI compares Singh with a nightwatchman shielding the main batsman who is Rahul Gandhi. Tavleen Singh in Indian Express and Soutik Basu in BBC also have asked Sonia Gandhi to become the real leader by giving Manmohan Ji some rest. I wonder how the media which had blasted LK Advani for calling Singh weak during the last elections, suddenly realized that Manmohan is really weak.
I feel a detailed script on how to launch Rahul as PM is already ready. May be the nonperformance of current PM is part of that script and so are the media opinions that demand Rahul’s active participation in the government. Rahul taking a left turn to be the messiah of tribals is also part of the same script. I am not sure if Rahul’s silence over series of issues and speaking only on populist issues (like SRK-ShivSena row or Vedanta-Niyamgiri) is in that course of action. But I have my theory in place on what can this script be. Let me share it with you.
[Disclaimer: This is a work of imagination. I have no access to secret Congress documents neither I have a source in the royal family or party of India. I predict this will be the timeline that will complete the goal of seeing Rahul as the PM of India. My prediction has no connection with any astrologer, human or animal of Indian or foreign origin. I hereby request news channels not to disturb me for these predictions 😛]
October 2010: [After CWG is over] Manmohan Singh orders inquiry against Kalmadi and co. to find the truth behind the allegations of corruption and misdeeds in Commonwealth Games preparations. Rahul takes an anti-Kalmadi stand. Inquiry finds Kalmadi guilty. Govt. starts taking action against it.
November 2010: MS Gill steps down from the post of sports and youth affairs minister taking moral responsibility that he couldn’t contain Kalmadi’s greed. Congress guys express their sympathy for Gill on TV shows. [Gill agrees to the deal with the condition that the credit of the success of the CWG will be given to him- this happens behind the screen]. Mani Shankar Aiyar (can be any one else too) steps in and says that only Rahul can save the Indian sports and requests Rahul Baba to take the responsibility of the sports ministry.
End of November/ Start of December 2010: Rahul agrees and take oath as Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry of the country. (You can make out why this ministry)
2011-2012 till UP elections: Rahul speaks on almost every issue, he becomes the only prominent face of India, some opposition members who have a good relationship with congress guys deliberately try to put Rahul in controversies that attract more eyeballs towards Rahul Baba. In this period Rahul Gandhi may also change his ministry and move to a more prominent one. Leaders of the Congress party demand to make Rahul the PM; Even Manmohan makes statements like “I feel Rahul is ready to take the job of the Prime Minister of India. It will be a victory for India’s Youth.” Rahul declines every time. In the mean time media starts projecting Rahul to be the future leader (by series of Interviews mainly before the UP elections) and many 30 minutes or 1 hour specials comparing Rahul with his father Rajiv.
2012 UP election results: Check: This the first point where the success of the plan is checked and future course of action is decided.
- If Congress wins UP polls/ does better than its current position in the UP assembly: The whole credit for the success is given to Rahul Gandhi. Some Gandhi family loyalists once again start demanding to make Rahul the PM. Party takes decision to make Rahul the PM. Manmohan makes silent exit and Congress guys along with media will devote one or two days in showing the achievements of the outgoing PM (This will be part of the behind the scene deal). Manmohan may express his displeasure privately. It will also become news for a few days (This is not part of the script but is obvious to happen).
- If Congress performs miserably/ average: Even befor some one point the finger towards Rahul, UP leaders like Rita Bahuguna Joshi will take the moral responsibility. The operation to make Rahul the PM is stopped till 2014 elections. In this case, Rahul can be the PM only if Congress wins the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Till then Manmohan can enjoy the warmth of the PM kursi. 🙂
This is the timeline of events that will happen if Congress adopts my theory. Let’s see if I am lucky enough to take the position of the octopus Paul! 😉