S M Krishna implores Rahul Gandhi to join govt
NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi may have decided to lie low for a while after the Congress debacle in UP, but on Wednesday foreign minister S M Krishna implored the Gandhi scion to join the Cabinet to help UPA government solve the problems being faced by the country.
Krishna said, “I am one of those who feel that it is necessary for Rahul Gandhi to come into the government and help the government in solving the problems that we face as a country.”
He was replying to queries if it was the right time for the Congress general secretary to join the government after the resignation of Pranab Mukherjee. While the suggestion comes ahead of Cabinet expansion, it is unlikely to change Rahul’s thinking who has decided to stay out of the government.
Krishna himself acknowledged Rahul’s reluctance. “We have always wanted Rahul Gandhi’s involvement in the government. The prime minister’s invitation is there to join the government but he himself seems to be not inclined at the moment,” he said.
However, it shows the kind of pressure that Congress is going to face in the run-up to 2014 Lok Sabha elections. There is a strong sentiment in the Congress that the young leader should be given bigger responsibility in the party and be made the face for next general elections.
Krishna noted that PM Manmohan Singh had already asked Rahul to join the government and his “invitation” stands.
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