By Courtney Trenwith
The face of what was once India’s dominant political party has reportedly taken leave to ‘reflect on recent events and the future course of the party’
The face of India’s ailing Congress party, Rahul Ghandi, has taken leave of absence to “reflect” on its abysmal performance in two major elections in the past nine months.
The Congress failed to win a single seat in elections in the capital Delhi earlier this month and was ousted from leadership of the country during historic national elections in April-May last year.
Vice-president Ghandi is believed to have a difference of opinion with his mother Sonia, who is president of what has been India’s dominant political force since independence, over its future direction.
“He requested Congress president Sonia Gandhi for some time to reflect on recent events and the future course of the party,” a senior leader was quoted as saying by The Hindi.
His sudden decision to take leave of absence took his party and even those close to him by surprise, the daily said.
It comes as the national parliament’s budget session began on Monday.