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PostSubject: The Congress Dynasty.   Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:14 pm




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PostSubject: Re: The Congress Dynasty.   Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:37 pm




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PostSubject: Re: The Congress Dynasty.   Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:35 pm




Who's the male?
Its hard to make out sometimes.
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PostSubject: Re: The Congress Dynasty.   Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:13 am

What happened to the foreign bank account of Rajiv Gandhi, which was disclosed by a foreign Mag?

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PostSubject: Re: The Congress Dynasty.   Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:04 pm

As if it needed confirmation:

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PostSubject: Re: The Congress Dynasty.   Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:08 am

This skunk Ahmed Patel,runs the UPA government from the shadows:



The Quiet Man.




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Everyone was winding up after a long, lazy and sumptuous lunch, hosted in the capital recently by a cabinet minister, when a slightly built man walked in. Instantly, there was a stir and the minister exclaimed, "Here comes the real man!" As Ahmed Patel, a Rajya Sabha MP, but more importantly the all-powerful political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, walked in, journalists and politicians alike decided to postpone their departure.


One senior politician, once considered more important than Patel, looked decidedly on edge.

Soft-spoken, smiling, with a style that can only be described as low-key, Ahmed Patel exudes neither authority nor power. Yet, ask anyone in the Congress about the current pecking order in the party, and you'll be told it's Ahmedbhai who comes in after Sonia Gandhi. Who is this man and what makes him so important? If he's that important, why isn't he a minister? Why don't we hear very much about him?

Well, that, party insiders say, is his USP. Being low-profile, media-shy and, above all, discreet. Unlike most politicians who gravitate instinctively towards TV cameras and need the oxygen of publicity to survive, Patel is rarely spotted in newspaper photographs or TV interviews. In fact, it was with the greatest difficulty that Outlook even managed to get a photograph of him. Party insiders say he has survived this long—he has been in one key post or the other since 1985—just by steering clear of being in the news.

Other party functionaries may fight for better rooms at the AICC headquarters. But Patel hasn't even asked for one. Party sources say this is deliberate, so that TV cameras and party colleagues cannot catch him unawares. Simultaneously, it helps him ensure that any list typed in his office is not "leaked out". Party folklore even has it that Patel, a devout Muslim, prays at a different mosque each Friday to avoid possible favour-seekers. He prefers to work from his own residence on 23, Wellington Crescent, with its manicured lawns and locked gates, where, shielded from prying eyes, he meets everyone from leaders of the allied parties in the ruling UPA to cabinet ministers. He has a room at 10, Janpath, but is believed not to use it much, even though he spends a lot of time with Sonia Gandhi.

Today, as political secretary to the Congress president, he has a finger in many pies—in the working of the organisation and the parliamentary party as well as dealing with UPA allies, not to mention what an associate describes as "fire-fighting". Party insiders say it was he who orchestrated Sonia's election as undisputed leader by talking to all the key players including close friend Sharad Pawar, and, thereafter, by deploying MPs such as Suresh Pachauri—now minister of state for personnel—and Rajiv Shukla to calm down agitated party MPs who wanted her to accept the post of PM.

That isn't all. Along with Sonia Gandhi, Patel also attends the weekly meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other key ministers; he is a member of the UPA coordination committee with the Left parties. From key positions in the party—he played a key role in forcing the NCP first to agree to a Congress chief minister after last year's Maharashtra assembly elections, and then in the appointment of Vilasrao Deshmukh—to critical appointments in government, it is Patel who smooths any wrinkles that might surface. He is also reportedly the one to convey Sonia's "wishes" to the prime minister, and implements whatever she wants done. Apparently faceless, doing the bidding of the Leader, close associates say it is not that Patel is without opinion; close associates say he does take a stand, pushing through what he thinks is right, trying to be as "objective" as possible.

Patel's critics in the party say he stands for nothing, represents nobody, is no great political strategist and can no longer win a Lok Sabha election.Nor does he have a following in his native Gujarat, even though he was a Lok Sabha MP three times—in 1977, 1980 and 1985. His criticism also includes the complaint that as Sonia's "gatekeeper" he chooses whom she meets.

While all this may be entirely or partially true, there are few in the party who have no personal agenda apart from being close to the Leader, few with as good an understanding of the Congress system and as big a network of key people in the party. Over the years, he has dealt with virtually every key state, from Kashmir to Kerala, West Bengal to Maharashtra.

Today, his "team" in the party includes not just old friends like Union commerce minister Kamal Nath, but new ones like general secretaries Digvijay Singh and Ashok Gehlot. And though he may no longer be party treasurer (which position is now held by Motilal Vora), party sources say businessmen and industrialists contributing to the party prefer to deal with him, knowing his proximity to Sonia. Interestingly, though his skills as a fund-raiser are well known, there has never been a whiff of a scandal about him. "He knows everyone," says a party MP, "but he does not hobnob with anyone."

And what is his work schedule like? Patel rarely goes to bed before 4 am in the morning—he is on the phone, says a party MP, who has often received calls even at 2 am. But he's up by 8.30 am. On a good day, he may snatch a nap between 3 and 5 pm but that is more an exception than the rule. Apart from meeting CP (as the Congress president is known) and attending endless party meetings, a typical day would include a meeting at his own home with an emissary from the NCP, a cabinet minister and a phone call to Maharashtra CM Vilasrao Deshmukh, conveying Soniaji's occasional displeasure.

Clearly, low-key has not meant ineffective. He may not have been the right man at the right time, but he has used those opportunities carefully, making a virtue of being a backroom boy. During Indira Gandhi's prime ministership, he was a party joint secretary but, more importantly, attached to Rajiv Gandhi, who was general secretary. So, when he graduated to becoming a parliamentary secretary to Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 when he was prime minister—along with Arun Singh and Oscar Fernandes—he turned down the offer of a ministership, "preferring to work in the organisation", as a close associate puts it, thus setting the pattern for the rest of his political career of working behind the scenes.

When Narasimha Rao succeeded Rajiv in 1991, he became a member of the Congress Working Committee and general secretary; after the destruction of the Babri Masjid in 1992, he reportedly offered his resignation but it was not accepted. Then came Sitaram Kesri as Congress president and him as the all-powerful treasurer, a post he continued in right into Sonia Gandhi's presidency. That's when he made his first and last false move—he resigned as treasurer apparently over differences with Sonia's personal secretary, V. George. He had not consulted Sonia and to his utter shock, she accepted his resignation. Three months in the political wilderness—when, for the first time, he spoke openly to the press—and he had learnt his lesson. Thereafter, he worked his way back into Sonia Gandhi's good books right up to becoming her chief confidant.

But what does he miss the most thanks to his gruelling work schedule? His walks in the morning, his yoga, occasional cricket, a movie with family or friends. But that's all right, it's the price you pay for being Sonia Gandhi's right hand man.
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PostSubject: Re: The Congress Dynasty.   Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:34 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Congress Dynasty.   Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:57 am

Here is Sonia Gandhi "Cabinet Members" MMS Cabinet is proxy:



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