Tuesday, January 24, 2006
If there was one news in the recent times which appeared on the front page of every newspaper, it was none other than the news of 82nd Annual Session of AICC. The plenary session was held in Hyderabad over a span of 3 days. The best part of this plenary session was the decorations which were done in the entire city because of this. But more than that the plenary session was a different one and dedicated totally to the Gandhi family.
Almost every part of city was decorated and there were only three colors visible on the roads, saffron, green and white and one symbol the characteristic of Congress "Hand". The plenary sessions were organized at Gachibowli Stadium which was once upon a time venue for the National Games. Soon thereafter it became a venue for election vote counting, music concerts and other events and not just sports. The event was held from 21st to 23rd of January and thank god that the Gachibowli stadium is pretty far from the city and near the IT Park but since it was a saturday and sunday, IT companies managed to save the business. Entire city had hoardings of all the past Congress presidents and prominently of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. One could spot new gates coming up in Twin cities where each gate was named after one president of Congress in the past years. In all this our very own Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was forgotten and it so happened that the presence of Rahul Gandhi shadowed the position of Prime Minister itself. There was no news item covering the speech of Manmohan Singh neither the banners or the posters were carrying the photograph of Singh. Even among the party workers the enthusiasm was with respect to only Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and not for any one else.
It so happened that I was in Lumbini Park on Saturday when the plenary session was in progress and we could spot atleast 2 dozen party workers passing time near the Hussain Sagar lake. I do not know what they had come for to Hyderabad. A good number of party workers went into clashes upon the issue of Rahul speaking or not. Rahul Gandhi had to come to the stage to control the crowd. I do not understand why the people are so mad about Rahul Gandhi and give him an eternal status as to he is the only sole saviour of the Congress party.