The Telangana Congress leaders might be on cloud nine over the arrival of their party national vice president Rahul Gandhi to the state on June 1, the eve of Telangana formation day, but sceptics doubt whether he would be able to make any impact on the party’s prospects in the next elections.
Rahul would be addressing a public meeting at Sangareddy on Thursday evening and the Congress leaders are hoping for some hard-hitting speech from him attacking the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi government in the state headed by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Telangana PCC president Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy is of the view that Rahul’s speech would definitely rejuvenate the party cadre and gear them up for the next elections.
However, Rahul has to depend solely on the material to be provided by the local Congress leaders.
Sources say so far, there has been no attempt by the Congress leaders to brief Rahul Gandhi on the party’s position in the state, the negative aspects of the TRS government and how people are suffering.
If Rahul is confined to parroting the text providing by the local Congress leaders, it would have absolutely no impact on the people and the party’s prospects.
"Rahul has to go deep into the issues confronting the Telangana region. He has to understand the changed political dynamics of the state and analyse why the Congress party is not able to match up to the might of the TR and why there is a bankruptcy of leadership in the party.
"He should make it a point to come to the state as frequently as possible and instil confidence among the cadre and the people. Otherwise, he will continue to bear the tag of being an iron leg for the party, as has happened in Uttar Pradesh and other northern states," an analyst said.