New Zealand newspaper calls Congress party a ‘family firm’

The media across India erupted when Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Vadra-Gandhi announced her formal entry into the mainstream politics on Wednesday.

Some of the media outlets described this as a panic move from the Congress to create pressure and secure a better place for itself in the opposition alliance. Whereas, others called this a masterstroke from India’s grand old party in East Uttar Pradesh, the region which plays host to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi.

However, amid this perhaps the most interesting observation came from a New Zealand based newspaper. The Press, one of the leading newspapers in the Island nation, described the Congress party as a ‘family firm’ in its report on Vadra’s entry in full-time politics. “Rajiv Gandhi’s daughter joins family firm,” reads a headline from the newspaper.

The article by the newspaper, further goes on to give a clear picture of how Congress remained under the occupation of one family for greater part of its post-independence history. ” Gandhi, 48, – whose father, grandmother and great grandfather were all Prime Ministers, was appointed Congress party chief in East of Uttar Pradesh, considered India’s politically most important state. She will now report to her brother, Rahul Gandhi, a fellow descendant of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.”

Meanwhile, responding to the latest move BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said that Congress president has opted for a “family alliance” after facing “rejection” from various parties of the proposed grand alliance.

“The Congress has basically publicly announced that Rahul Gandhi has failed and needs crutches from within the family. Because of his rejection by grand alliance parties, he has opted for a family alliance,” he said.