Sheila Dikshit, former chief minister of Delhi, recently stepped down as Congress's chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh. The move was to keep Akhilesh Yadav as the face of the Congress-SP alliance.
And now, in what many are saying is a hint at her disenchantment with the Congress leadership, Dikshit told The Times of India that Rahul Gandhi is "still not mature".
When asked why is Congress performing poorly despite Rahul's aggressive campaigning, the 78-year-old said,
"Please remember Rahul is still not mature, his age does not allow him to be mature. He is what... in his forties. Please give him time."
This is marked difference from Sheila's statement in November when she told News 18 that Rahul at 46 had emerged as a mature leader and that his elevation in the party is coming at a time when his initiatives are resonating with people.
Her fresh comment on Rahul's Gandhi's maturity or the lack of it expectedly created quite a buzz. Given the speculation on Rahul's coming of age and his finding his voice, it's no surprise that this yet another insight into Rahul's leadership skills has become a talking point.
And yes, a lot of people are making the same joke: That if Rahul is not mature at 46, he'll probably never mature.
The BJP, of course:
And a lot of other users:
Meanwhile, Congress's Former CM Candidate for UP Sheila Dixit told TOI Rahul in his forties, give him time to mature. pic.twitter.com/f9itESHV30— milind khandekar (@milindkhandekar) February 24, 2017
Sheela Dikshit says Rahul Gandhi "is still not mature, his age does not allow him to be mature." When will the 46-year-old will mature?— churumuri (@churumuri) February 24, 2017
Dear Sheila Dikshit, Rahul is 45 years old. Nothing wrong in hoping but Congress will not be alive see the day when Rahul Gandhi will mature— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) February 24, 2017
Rahul is still not mature: Sheila DixitIf maturity hasn't blossomed upto 45 yrs, don't think he'll ever grow up😒https://t.co/FHAdE7IwNb— Archie (@Archu243) February 24, 2017
However, Dikshit now says her words have been twisted and thinks that Rahul, indeed, is mature.
Rahul has the sensitivity and concern of a mature leader. His words are those of a young, courageous and restless man. #DontTwistMyWords— Sheila Dikshit (@SheilaDikshit) February 24, 2017