X
Categories: Politics

Rahul & lieutenants frolic in Germany, Congress back home worried about ‘bad optics’

1 month ago

Leaders are concerned about the tweets and pictures at a time when Kerala is battling floods, and the party itself is mourning senior leader Gurudas Kamat.

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his trusted lieutenants are having a rollicking time in Germany, tweeting pictures of their fun trip. But this has caused unease in a section of the party that is grieving the death of senior leader Gurudas Kamat.

Some party leaders are also questioning the “bad optics” of party colleagues enjoying themselves in Hamburg and Berlin at a time when the country is dealing with the tragic Kerala floods.


Also read: Kerala floods show how Modi’s got his spending priorities all wrong


“Rahulji had a pre-scheduled tour of Germany and London to deliver lectures and interact with the Indian diaspora. But how could Ramya (Divya Spandana) and Milind Deora tweet those pictures?” a senior Congress leader told ThePrint.

Fun, frolic, and a bit of grief

The reason for the leader’s outrage were the pictures tweeted by Spandana, the party’s social media in-charge, spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi, former MP Milind Deora, and other Congress leaders who are accompanying Gandhi. Some of the others with Gandhi on the two-day trip are Sam Pitroda, Shashi Tharoor and Madhu Goud Yaskhi.

Tweeting her picture in which she is hugging Deora, Spandana wrote, “18 years on, still my bestest!”

“Always the most important question- what should we eat?” she said in another tweet, with a picture showing Gandhi and Deora looking at food items in a restaurant.

“And then this happened — a fellow Indian offered us some fresh juice on the house,” Spandana added in another tweet, with a picture showing Gandhi standing with a couple of Indians.

Deora, who retweeted Spandana’s first tweet, posted that he woke up in Hamburg to learn about Gurudas Kamat’s untimely death.

“We had our political differences, but I always respected & admired Gurudasji. May his soul RIP,” he stated in a tweet, adding that he “also learned about the tragic death of my friend & fellow blues guitarist Rahul Chatterji…. As I said earlier, only the good die young. RIP ‘Chatz’.”

Chaturvedi posted a series of tweets and retweets from Germany, with pictures of Gandhi delivering a lecture at Bucerius Summer School in Hamburg, Sonia Gandhi paying her last respects to Gurudas Kamat, and of herself speaking alongside two other panellists on how to foster women leadership “in a setting so beautiful”.

She retweeted the post from the party’s official handle about how the “Congress president’s hugs are in demand” at the Bucerius school.


Also read: Today’s lesson for Rahul Gandhi: Anti-BJPism won’t be good enough for 2019


Congress’s defence

A party spokesman in New Delhi sought to dismiss suggestions of Congress leaders having fun in Germany, saying: “It’s wrong to criticise Rahul Gandhi for this. Some of the people who are with him are there because they also got invitations for different events, while others are there to facilitate his interactions with overseas Indians. What’s wrong in that? It’s just some pictures that have got people’s attention.”

Gandhi himself had earlier condoled the death of Kamat in a tweet: “The sudden passing away of senior leader Gurudas Kamat ji, is a massive blow to the Congress family. Gurudas ji helped build the Congress party in Mumbai & was greatly respected & admired by all. My condolences to his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace.”

Tags: CongressDivya SpandanaPriyanka ChaturvediRahul Gandhi

View Comments

  • An almost equally important question : What are the one million Keralites till recently in relief camps eating ? Not smelling fresh, for some of them have not bathed in five days. At this age, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were in their ultimate jobs.

  • This pathetic bunch of elite think they have the best of nation at heart. They are ay best parasites feeding on the nation with decades if spoils and privileges.

  • Going to the Bucerious Summer School is nothing great or spectacular. It is just a jaunt on congress money to have a summer in Germany. Here is a list of their luminaries in recent years: Except for Rahul Gandhi pappu and his delegation, there is nothing much to be spoken off :-
    Among the speakers in recent years have been Rahul Gandhi (Vice President of the Indian National Congress Party), Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (former President of the French Republic), Charles Kupchan (Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University), Lotte Leicht (EU Advocacy Director, Director of Human Rights Watch’s Brussels Office), Volker Perthes (Director, German Institute for International and Security Affairs), John Ruggie (UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights), Wolfgang Schäuble (then German Federal Minister of Finance), Shashi Tharoor (member of the Indian parliament), and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (then German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs).

  • As an Indian, I feel ashamed of these " Neech" characters . In fact the party they belong to (INC) has degenerated and become a fiefdom of the left-overs of the illustrious Nehru family. The current family is known for its scams and loot of the country. The leader of the party, Rahul is virtually an unlettered overgrown kid, who many call him a retard.

  • What can we expect from these bunch of parasites living on poor people's money? For decades, they looted this country. And living off that money and aiming to come back to power in 2019. At this time, Pappu and his team could have gained much more if they were sincere by cancelling their trip and going to Kerala to work alongside others to rescue and relief operations. That is true selflessness. These are cheap corrupt folks. If at all they come to power in 2019, it would be a disaster for this country. Not that i support BJP either fully.

  • No one listens to Pappu's speeches in India. He is trying to copy Modi to see if some NRIs would at least turn up. Desperation?!

  • In a democracy, a government is chosen by voting. Voting behavior is one of the most important factors in setting up the righteous leader in power. It provides recognition of opinions and choices in democracy; it is the agent of change in a country.

  • Women are held to be the ones holding the holly stature in the Indian culture, and despite the references in Gita, the modern day scenario has just simply got worsened for the women, when we talk about their security. The right to freedom of life is embedded in the Indian constitution too seems to be unsatisfied because the freedom of life and the other liberties of one gender now seem to be endangered