Rahul Gandhi celebrates his 46th birthday on Sunday, the fourth generation descendent of the Nehru-Gandhi family, Rahul Gandhi plunged into full time politics 12 years ago, when he successfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from his family bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the Congress vice president is facing the stout political challenge of his career. His 46th year could also be a stipulating year of his political fortunes.
The Congress workers are planning to celebrate their leader’s birthday on a grand scale and the party supporters will cut a cake to mark on this occasion.
Unlike previous birthdays, Gandhi is set to celebrate the special day in India. On previous occasions, he has always travelled abroad to celebrate his birthday.
But with the Congress going through one of its worst phases since its inception, the question is does the Gandhi scion really have the time to celebrate his birthday? It is an uphill task, especially for Rahul, of turning the party fortunes.
Not only does Rahul Gandhi have the task of reviving Congress, which is yet to recover from the series of electoral defeats that started with the 2014 Lok Sabha election, he has to keep the party together which saw the exit of some of the prominent regional leaders in recent times. He has to quell the discontent growing within the party as many of the workers have expressed their dissatisfaction over the functioning of the party.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi are usually at loggerheads, but today Modi wished the Gandhi on his birthday.
“Birthday wishes to the Congress VP, Rahul Gandhi. May he be blessed with a long and healthy life. @OfficeOfRG,” the Prime Minister tweeted While party members across the country will celebrate the occasion on Sunday, for Gandhi it could be a moment of soul-seaching. The past two years have been the most challenging one in his political career.