I had been dying to know exactly what does an average voter from UP think of Rahul Gandhi, where he is supposed to have done wonders during these elections. This post is written after asking a fan all these questions on the phone. If there is a factual error it could be his misinformation or I remember incorrectly. Please point it out I will try to correct it.
The opinions are his. I may or may not agree with him.
Everybody says Rahul Gandhi is popular because he is a Gandhi and we Indians like Dynasty Rule.
So many families come and go, why has this family become so popular? They have worked for us. They are not corrupt. Rahul Gandhi is very kind and compassionate; he has love for the poor. No other neta cares for the poor.
Could he be doing all this for votes?
They all want votes but nobody went to Azhamgarh. His opponents said you can’t get votes for picking up harijan babies and he sat with them and ate food in their homes. They said he was going to go home and take a bath with this soap and that soap… Public may not say be able to say anything, but they understand everything. Which other neta cares for the poorest of the poor? In all his speeches, he speaks for the poor.
But I have heard Congress and the Gandhis favour Muslims… something about haj subsidy etc…?
They treat everybody samaan (equal)… see …Muslims? Nobody favours them. But Congress does not have bias against anybody.
Then why do they have this reputation of having bias for Muslims?
Is he Secular?
His grand father was Parsi; great grandfather a Kashmiri Brahmin who grew up in UP; mother Christian; father Hindu; aunt Sikh – who can be more secular than him?
What about Varun Gandhi?
He made such a speech, people understand that if tomorrow he becomes a PM ‘to ye to larai karayega’…(he will create conflicts)
Shouldn’t a leader be a good speaker?
A good speaker can do a lot of harm also, if he starts saying the wrong things. A good neta should let his actions speak. Like Advaniji said Dr M M Singh is weak, we agree he is weak, but how old is Advaniji? They must be the same age. And Dr Man Mohan Singh has done good work.
Do you think Rahul Gandhi would have made a better PM than Dr M M Singh?
He is young, he will learn first, and just like his grandmother he will go step by step. …everybody was eyeing the PM’s chair, Modi. Mayawati. But Rahul Gandhi made no such claims.
I heard people say he will take over the PM’s job in an year or so, with some excuse like say Dr Singh’s health problems or something…
He will never do that. He isn’t that kind.
It’s difficult to know a politician…
The other day his sister’s son was walking towards the road and he ran himself from the stage to pick him, he is a simple family man, he is not like these politicians.
Look at his mother! She has given him good sanskar. She could not even speak the language of this country, she learnt Hindi, she sacrificed her life for this country. Kaun karta hai!? (Who does so much good for others)… she has come to live, so far in a strange country, and she refused PM’s chair! They say such things for someone like her (in a pained voice)… what more must she do to be considered an Indian?
And Rahul Gandhi’s sanskar have been given by her, he appreciates when other netas do something good. He said Mulayam Singh Yadav had done a good thing by starting 20,000/- to be given to all girls who pass intermediate… (kanya-nidhi I think he said)…
And what about Menaka Gandhi?
She has matured now… earlier she used to get angry easily.
How did Varun Gandhi win from Pilibhit?
That was always their family’s constituency; he had to win from there…
Maybe they worked for that constituency?
For their own constituency everybody works!