If the Congress gets 200+ seats in the next Lok Sabha polls, then in all likelihood, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will become Prime Minister.
The reason he is not being projected as such is because the party knows it will struggle to even cross 150 seats.
The BJP on the other hand is quite confident of emerging as the single-largest party in 2014 and that’s why it has announced Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its candidate for Prime Minister.
Rarely have there been such differing candidates for the PM’s post.
A look at their contrasts…
Rahul: Rahul had to do absolutely nothing but to get born into the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Since then his roadmap was just a matter of being written down and executed.
In 2004, he was handed a Lok Sabha seat. In 2007, he was handed the posts of Chairpersons of the Indian Youth Congress and National Students Union of India along with General Secretary of the Congress.
At the beginning of this year, he was made VP, a clear signal that he was party President Sonia Gandhi’s successor and could choose to lead India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh publicly accepted his willingness to work under Rahul.
Modi: Modi comes from quite a humble background and has had to struggle and fight all the way. From a family of grocers, he ran a tea stall and joined the RSS to make it big in life. With the ABVP, organizing agitations and yatras of top BJP leaders, he came to national limelight.
He worked his way to the top of the Gujarat Sangh Parivar to become CM. He has three Assembly election wins under his belt and also fought hard for the party PM candidature which came in the backdrop of stiff opposition from BJP leaders.
Rahul: To give credit to Rahul, he tries his best and has used every trick in the book to be a good orator. One must say that his speech writer has sorely let him down. He keeps rubbishing the system without realizing that he is the biggest part of it and without giving any solutions.
He appears quite angry most of the times without giving us a clue what this anger is all about since his party and dynasty is the establishment.
Modi: Modi has probably emerged as India’s best living political orator and there is no denying that he connects with the audiences wherever he goes. He was a great success in Gujarat, party meets and closed audiences like the one at LSR College in Delhi.
Recently he has taken it to a totally different level. He has proved to be a hit wherever he goes, whether it’s Delhi and Jaipur in North India or Hyderabad and Trichy in South India.
His Patna rally may have been one of India’s biggest ever, with estimates fluctuating from something as low as 3 lakhs to those as high as 1 million.
Image: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at a rally in New Delhi. (AP)