Rahul Gandhi ‘far away from being a good political leader’: Ex-SC judge

April 17th, 2011 - 9:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Rahul Gandhi Ernakulam (Kerala), Apr 17(ANI): Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi is not mature enough to take up responsible tasks concerning the nation, former Supreme Court judge Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer said on Sunday.

Justice Iyer said this while interacting with the media in the context of a letter written by him to Gandhi.

The former Supreme Court judge had written a sharply worded letter to Gandhi on April 9, criticizing him for the policies of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre.

Iyer said that Gandhi may become a good government later on in his life, but right now he is not a good leader.

“In good time he may become a good leader, I do not condemn him. He may become a good leader, but he is still far away from being a good leader of India,” Justice Iyer said in Ernakulam.

He further said that people flock to his rallies just to see him and not to listen to his speeches.

“He has nothing to say new to this country. He is not a socialist by conviction. He has no ideology at all. Such a person when he goes in the villages, people out of curiosity to see this man come and see,” Iyer added.

He, however, appreciated the fact that Gandhi had responded to his letter positively.

“He agrees with my criticism. He says that the government is a rotten government. What more criticism is required on the present government? Manmohan Singh has not got a complimentary tribute from this boy. He says that more than once in that short letter. He has said this is a rotten government,” the former judge said.

Responding to Iyer’s letter, Gandhi had said that he is concerned about the problems of the country, but is not interested in becoming a hero.

Justice Iyer was a Supreme Court judge between 1973 and 1980.

In 1989, in cooperation with like-minded social activists, he had founded a forum named Independent Initiative, to monitor the polls, a task that was appreciated by several countries around the world. (ANI)

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