Another Thumbs Up For Rahul Gandhi: He Isn’t ‘Pappu’ Anymore
The second BJP ally from Maharashtra Mr. Ramdas Athawale, to say that Rahul Gandhi’s leadership capabilities have improved and that he is no more ‘Pappu’, a reference to the Congress Vice President, says after Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.
“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, news agency Press Trust of India reported.
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 said Rahul Gandhi “is capable of leading the country,” also taking a dig at partner BJP when he said that the “Modi wave has faded.” Mr Raut said that Rahul Gandhi, designated “Pappu” a few years ago, cannot be called that anymore, praising his election campaign against the BJP in Gujarat, where assembly elections will be held in December.