Just days after Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut praised Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi, for his leadership skills, another ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has publicly confessed that he was no longer a ‘pappu.’ Rahul was widely mocked with the derogatory term pappu in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by BJP leaders.
Speaking to news agency PTI, Ramdas Athawle said, “He is not ‘Pappu‘ anymore. He looks confident and hopefully can be a good leader.”
Minister for State for Social Justice in the Centre’s Narendra Modi government, Athawle is the leader of the Republican Party of India.
Last week, Raut had said that Rahul Gandhi was capable of leading the country adding that the Modi wave had faded. “Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is capable of leading the country. It is wrong to call him ‘Pappu’,” he had said. State Education Minister and senior BJP leader Vinod Tawde was also present at the event where he praised Rahul’s leadership prowess.
Later, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray too had said that the Modi wave was on the wane in India.
Rahul appears to have reinvented his image in the last few months with his social media posts having become more interesting and popular. His Twitter posts now get shared more than even Modi, who has at least 10 times more followers than the Congress vice president.