Rahul Gandhi may no longer be called 'Pappu' after he mustered appreciation from significant leaders. Ramdas Athawale's green signal adds matter to the fact
Ramdas Athawale is the second BJP ally from Maharashtra, after the Shiv Sena, to back Rahul Gandhi.
The young politician’s leadership capabilities has improvement and that he isn’t ‘Pappu’ anymore. A comic reference to the name that is often in use pejoratively for the by the Congress Vice President critics. Rahul Gandhi has come a long way.
“He is not ‘Pappu’ anymore. He looks confident and hopefully can be a good leader,” Mr. Athawale, who is Union Minister for State for Social Justice, told reporters in Akola in east Maharashtra. The wordings are a confirmation of news agency Press Trust of India.
A four-time parliamentarian from Maharashtra, Mr. Athawale is the founder-leader of the Republican Party of India (Athawale), a member of the NDA, the national alliance that the BJP leads.
Mr Athawale, 57, is the first Union Minister to speak about Rahul Gandhi in a positive light after Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut states Rahul Gandhi “is capable of leading the country,”. Also taking a dig at partner BJP when he states that the “Modi wave is fading.”. Mr. Raut confirms Rahul Gandhi, designated “Pappu” a few years ago, cannot be called that anymore. He was all praise for his election campaign against the BJP in Gujarat, where assembly elections action in December.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP has warned the Shiv Sena to stop playing “the roles of a ruling party and an opposition at the same time”.
The Shiv Sena, the second largest constituent of the BJP-led NDA is in a strainous relationship with the BJP for many months now. Also threatening every now and then to end the alliance. Mr Fadnavis said Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray should decide, prompting Mr. Raut to clarify that he did not mean Rahul Gandhi should lead the country . And also was only speaking about the Congress leader’s improved capabilities.