It was on 28th March that Congress workers had asked Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rahul Gandhi’s sister to contest from Rae Bareilly, her mother Sonia Gandhi’s bastion. At the time, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had retorted – ‘why not Varanasi’? Almost a month of dilly-dallying later, Congress has decided to field Ajay Rai against the formidable Prime Minister Modi from Varanasi and the “neutral” media cannot stop outraging.
Like jilted lovers, the Congress ecosystem that masquerades as “neutral” and “independent” journalists, had a meltdown. They couldn’t believe for the life of them that the woman who was supposed to be their saviour from “fascist” Modi had chickened out. They said that Congress and their original Prince who is fast turning out to be a dud even for them has given PM Modi and the BJP a walkover.
Barkha Dutt who often sympathises with terrorists like Burhan Wani and peddles the Nazi-like narrative of giving excuses for the Kashmiri Pandit genocide said that Priyanka should not have expressed her willingness to fight from Varanasi if Congress wasn’t willing to field her. We understand her pain, after all, hope once built and then shattered, does ache the heart.
If Congress never intended to field @priyankagandhi against @narendramodi then she shouldn’t have asserted her willingness and desire to do so, not once, but twice. This way it looks like a No Show against Modi’s Mega Show #Varanasi
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) April 25, 2019
Abhisar Sharma, another known loyalist of the Congress and AAP (the allegiance depends on who at that point of time can defeat Modi in his mind) also lashed out at the Congress party. Imagine a young boy after being dumped by the girl of his dreams lashing out at her and everything related to her. Abhisar, much like that heartbroken boy, lashed out at Rahul. Cowards. Bhasmasuri. Gutless. Rahul has no authority, the tirade, while all true, was endless and rather amusing coming from Sharma.
Cowards. What a Bhasmasuri party!Has no vision. No guts. Messed it up in Delhi. A very rude shock awaits them in Rajasthan as Gehlot just campaigning for his son and diverting all resources there. The regional satraps dont listen to Rahul or he doesnt have the authority. https://t.co/XSXGXmq0gU
— Abhisar Sharma (@abhisar_sharma) April 25, 2019
Harinder Baweja, like that jilted lover’s best friend, said it was stupid of them to fall for the narrative of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra taking on PM Modi anyway.
Was silly of those who even half believed @priyankagandhi would fight against @narendramodi in Varanasi. She wouldve got bogged down and why stake your political career in year one? Makes for theatrics not political wisdom
— Harinder Baweja (@shammybaweja) April 25, 2019
Barkha Dutt then said it was Congress that floated the promise. It was them.
And the media fell for it!! Thats silly too https://t.co/TDsbujdsir
— Harinder Baweja (@shammybaweja) April 25, 2019
Then there was the common friend between jilted lovers who had to blame both parties, somehow. She can’t afford to anger either. She loves them both. They must share the blame.
— pallavi ghosh (@_pallavighosh) April 25, 2019
After all of this, there was the old fufa who found out about the break-up and took it upon himself to hand out some advice. Of wisdom earned through years of being spurned, mocked, rejected and hurt because of his inherently unpleasant nature.
.@RahulGandhi should study the life stories of great fighters. Sports, arts, music, politics, industry….He will realise then how everyone took a risk at a right moment and did not listen to too many advisors. He can learn from Modi too
— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) April 25, 2019
Then there was the token friend of the other lover who came to defend the decision to break up. The lone brave voice.
She entered active politics in March. I was told there was no plan for her to enter electoral politics yet and she was here to build organization in UP keeping 2022 in mind. To announce her now with no work on the ground wouldn’t have been enough to defeat Modi in Varanasi. https://t.co/i8W2J4Xv2B
— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) April 25, 2019
Then there was the venom. When after being jilted, the other, potentially less cool and far more stupid, but the safe bet lover seems far more appealing.
Kejriwal had more guts than Gandhis. https://t.co/lOv2shDawB
— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) April 25, 2019
And the tears just won’t stop flowing… arriving at a moment when tears give way to anger. It is all a part of processing the grief, the loss, the humiliation…
Basically the Congress doesn’t even want to put up even a symbolic fight against Mosi; can’t get a more TIRED and TESTED candidate in Varanasi than Ajai Rai https://t.co/hvF5HiZI9t
— Sankarshan Thakur (@SankarshanT) April 25, 2019
Total cop out by congress so Priyanka Gandhi bottled it. Walkover for Modi https://t.co/lRQgSfh8GB
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) April 25, 2019
— Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) April 25, 2019
The last stage in the process of grieving.. it was him. Not me.
So finally @priyankagandhi after all the hype will not contest Varanasi. The irony is that it was Cong ‘sources’ who spun the story, not the media. What do the mixed signals tell us about the state of the main oppn party at the moment? #IndiaElects
— Citizen/नागरिक/Dost Rajdeep (@sardesairajdeep) April 25, 2019
The media first put its eggs in the Rahul Gandhi basket, and when that appeared to have holes big enough to fit chickens, they decided to pin their hopes on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The Modi juggernaut is not an easy conundrum. They hoped that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would be their saviour. They tried their best to prop the brother-sister duo as the messiahs, but alas, perhaps they are finally realising that they bet on a losing horse.
Editor, OpIndia.com since October 2017