Fund-Raising Spree

September 18 2017

Rahul Gandhi is gearing up for coronation which is likely to take place any day before 100th birthday of his grandmother Indira Gandhi on November 19. Senior Congress leaders like Veerappa Moily, have already started giving statements to that effect as well. The biggest challenge before Rahul is to generate funds for an almost empty coffer of the Congress party. For he knows it well that he urgently needs funds if he has to put up a semblance of challenge to Modi-Shah duo in 2019. That was the purpose of his US visit as well. Their target was to raise $ 10 million. His core team was in constant touch with Sam Pitroda, who heads Congress’s Overseas wing. Pitroda is learnt to have already made it clear to him that it wouldn’t be possible for him to raise such a big amount this time. His reason was simple that among the overseas Indians, only two groups owned maximum money – Sikhs and Gujaratis. The former had distanced from Congress after 1984 anti-Sikh riots while Gujaratis don’t want to fund anyone other than Modi. The core team therefore, proposed fund-raising dinner with high entry tickets. But, this could not succeed.

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