The national president of the grand old party of India, Rahul Gandhi released Congress manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections on April 2. Since then, all sorts of experts are analysing the various promises made in it. Some called it “reformist”, some saw a chance for the Congress to get back in the fight in the April-May polls, while some called it “un-implementable and dangerous”.
However, former Congress president and Rahul Gandhi’s mother Sonia Gandhi is reportedly not impressed. She is not miffed over the content within, but the cover design of the manifesto. Her grouse is over the small sized images of her son Rahul Gandhi and party symbol ‘hand’.
Referring to sources, India Today reported that Sonia Gandhi pulled up Rajeev Gowda, who heads the research department of the Congress. She was also seen animated gesture at him before coming up onto the stage before the release of the manifesto.
Sonia was so upset that she refused to take any question during the event.
Highlights of Congress manifesto, drafted by a panel headed by former finance minister P Chidambaram, include a new scheme NYAY to pay Rs 72,000 a year to poor families, scrapping of NEET (single entrance exam for medical seats), which was introduced by the UPA-II government in 2013, review of AFSPA (special powers for army to deal with insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir), and scrapping of sedition law.