The party, which is yet to overcome from humiliating defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, is also hearing a cacophony of several dissenting voices.

Trapped in the confusion and uncertainty along with a pressure to uphold the political lineage, the party is making all out efforts to project Rahul as a decisive leader.

The job, however, does not seem to be an easy one for the party strategists as Rahul comes along with an image of someone who always runs away from responsibilities.

Amid growing clamour for bigger role for Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress high command is once again investing all its efforts to establish Rahul as a competent leader.

Last week, two major episodes were noticed. One – Rahul Gandhi took an aggressive stand in the Parliament on several issues and second - Priyanka Gandhi made it clear that she is not interested in taking up any post in the party. This was not just a mere co-incidence but a major tactical move on Congress’ part.

In fact, Rahul is now also scratching his boots on the mat to take a leading role in putting up a formidable challenge before the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in the Parliament.

The Congress, which has already done several experiments to bring a change in party vice-president’s image, is now focused on projecting him as a decisive leader.

Several seasoned party strategists, including former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s close aide Sam Pitroda, Rahul Gandhi’s companion Mohan Gopal, Jairam Ramesh who often writes the script of congress vice-president’s speeches and several young technocrats

An attempt would be made to bring a complete change in his image before assembly elections and present him as a decisive and hard working leader. Besides, a change could be seen from the debate on communalism upon which he is expected to take part in the Parliament.

According to sources, Rahul, who is working with his team and selected advisors from his residence-cum party office at 12 Tughlak Lane, will soon be devoting more time at 30 Akbar Road party headquarters where he will interact with everyone, starting from senior leaders to workers and try to understand the ground situation.

Leaders, who are engaged in shaping up Rahul’s image, believe that the communication gap is one of the major reasons behind Congress vice-president not taking up politics seriously.

“Rahul believes in taking decisions after pondering over it. Due to this, decisions are never taken on time several times. In such a situation, he will have to learn making quick decisions and also deal with the challenges arisen due to delay in making decisions,” said a close strategist to Gandhi family.

On the other hand, speaking on the chorus building around Priyanka’s name, a senior AICC general secretary said, “There is no confusion in Gandhi family regarding positions. Rahul is natural leader. There is no question of anger or rebellion in the party against the Gandhi family. Without Gandhi family, the party will collapse.”

However, not all in the party have similar views. One former general secretary said, “The party high command’s adamancy over Rahul is pushing the grand old party into a deep crisis. In order to resurrect the party, the demand to bring in Priyanka is the need of the hour.”

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