Rahul Gandhi leaves for Europe, misses important meeting of Congress

Rahul Gandhi spoke in Cambridge earlier this year during his visit to the UK.

New Delhi:

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is understood to have left for a foreign trip again – a personal visit to Europe – and is expected to return on Sunday ahead of the presidential election and the monsoon session of Parliament.

His frequent foreign trips – sometimes major political moments – has raised questions about how committed Rahul Gandhi is to taking on the leadership role, especially as the Congress has been stung by a series of defeats over the years. This tour also comes in the form of a party Barely managed to stop the defection in Goa.

There was no immediate comment from Congress.

The party is also scheduled to hold a meeting on Thursday about its own presidential elections, and Rahul Gandhi is set to miss that meeting. The post of Congress President is currently held by Sonia Gandhi after Rahul Gandhi resigned following the defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. It is not yet clear whether Rahul Gandhi will contest for the post.

Thursday’s party meeting will also work out plans for the ‘Bharat Jodi Yatra’ or Unite India campaign that begins on October 2. Rahul Gandhi’s absence in the meeting will further fuel speculation about the leadership question.

His recent visits include a controversy in early May, when he was spotted at a nightclub in Kathmandu, Nepal. BJP supporters released photos, but Congress said There’s Nothing Wrong About Personal Travel For a journalist’s wedding. This comes after the party’s poor performance in the assembly elections in other states, including Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi also visited Europe at that time. Earlier, just before those elections, he had left for Italy in December, returning on a personal visit, in mid-January.

In late May also he went abroad. for this visit to cambridge BJP leaders in Britain had questioned the refusal of political approval. Congress said that no such permission is needed. This meeting, also, came at a crucial political time, during the Rajya Sabha elections, in which the party was struggling to prevent cross-voting by its MLAs.