The Congress loyalists believe that party vice president Rahul Gandhi is fit to be the prime minister of India. Since anything can happen in India, there is no doubt that RaGa will become the PM one day.
Whenever that happens is for political pundits to ponder over.
But what some Congress party workers and Rahul Gandhi need to learn right now are etiquettes. Why? Because of this:
Yes, that’s Rahul Gandhi alright! He has to his left his party member and leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. To his right is Subburaman Thirunavukkarasar, the party secretary in Tamil Nadu.
If this were any social gathering, this could have been seen as normal. But the trio was at Rajaji Hall where Jayalalithaa’s body had been kept for well-wishers to pay tributes.
They were other dignitaries present to pay their respects to the ‘Iron Lady’. But the Gandhi scion was busy smiling for his supporters and partymen at the scene.
Take a look at this video. Rahul Gandhi is smiling at his supporters and greeting them while he stands right next to Jayalalithaa’s body. Is this how he pays his respects?
Everyone saw how PM Modi paid his respects and how he consoled an inconsolable O Panneerselvam. Out of respect for Amma, we will not post that photo here and try to underscore a political parallel.
And this is not even the first time that Rahul did something like this.
In November, he was photographed smiling and talking over the phone at the funeral of Ram Kishan Grewal, the ex-serviceman who allegedly committed suicide.
Even Twitterati is condemning his conduct.
Something wrong with Rahul Gandhi:
He partied after 26/11.
He laughed after 44 seats press conference.
He laughed in Jayalalithaa’s funeral. pic.twitter.com/JhvWPRTSTW
— Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) December 6, 2016
Now the entire congress has some work to do – “defend Rahul Gandhi, who was smiling during #jayalalithaa‘s funeral”.
— WIN! NEW GALAXY S7!! (@giveawayxala) December 7, 2016
— Dev (@batradev) December 7, 2016
Perhaps before learning the ropes of politics from those around him, Gandhi needs to take some lessons in conducting oneself from leaders like P Chidambaram, Dr. Manmohan Singh and even his own mother Sonia Gandhi, all three of whom know how to respect other leaders.