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What is Sonia Plotting?
Secret Foreign Trip Revealed!
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
Earlier in June this year this writer asked what Mrs. Sonia Gandhi was hiding. The question arose from the secrecy surrounding her trips abroad. Several steps were taken by the ruling party to create the impression that Mrs. Gandhi was in the country while in fact she was not. Statements on current events were released on her behalf by the party. The media was misled to think that Ms Jayalalithaa who was visiting Delhi was, as part of policy, met by Mrs. Sheila Dikshit rather than Mrs. Gandhi herself.
On June 14th this writer asked:
One asked whether she traveled by a private jet, if so who owned it; what was the purpose of her visit; and what the itinerary of her trip abroad was. None of the questions were ever answered. Well, Mrs. Gandhi is back to her mysterious ways.
Immediately after her visit to Bangladesh Mrs. Gandhi did not return to India but went on along her foreign trip. In Bangladesh there was no evidence of her being unwell. On Thursday morning a website, politicsparty.com, broke the story that Mrs. Gandhi was abroad. Later in the afternoon the Congress party issued a statement asserting that she was abroad and would be away for three weeks due to health reasons.
Curiously enough, the Congress party statement went on to announce that during her absence the affairs of the party would be looked after by Mr. Rahul Gandhi, Mr. Ahmed Patel, Mr. Janardhan Dwivedi and Mr. AK Anthony. All four are staunch loyalists. Mr. Anthony alone among them is not a party functionary but a senior cabinet minister.
Perhaps Mrs. Gandhi is really unwell. In that case one prays for her speedy recovery. But given the Congress record one cannot be blamed for being skeptical. The announcement of a four member caretaker team to look after the party in her absence is certainly intriguing. In the surcharged atmosphere there are strident demands for the resignation of several leaders including the Prime Minister and the Delhi Chief Minister. Could there be more than meets the eye in the announcement of a caretaker team during Mrs. Gandhi’s secret trip belatedly acknowledged by the Congress party? One must wait and watch.
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