- Jab hogi, hogi (It will happen when it happens), Rahul Gandhi said
- The 47-year-old has parried the question numerous times over the years
- 'I do exercise, swimming, am a black belt in aikido', Rahul Gandhi said
The 47-year-old bachelor has parried the question numerous times over the years and he has usually been evasive. Today, at the PHD Annual Awards for Excellence, he was cornered by the champion boxer, who had two questions.
Mr Gandhi chose to tackle the second one first. "It's a very old question," he grinned when Vijender Singh said: "People always say when will Rahul Bhaiyya get married."
The boxer pressed: "...everybody is waiting for it. It will be quite something if you become Prime Minister and then marry."
Vijender's main question was what Mr Gandhi would do for sports, if he became Prime Minister. "I have rarely seen a lawmaker doing any sports," he said.
To which, Mr Gandhi shot back: "I do exercise, swimming, am a black belt in aikido. But I don't talk about it publicly. I do sports one hour every day. Though I admit I haven't done so in the past three-four months."
Why not put up a video, it will inspire people, bantered Vijender. Mr Gandhi chuckled, "Fine...I will..."
The Congress number 2 was responding to a Q and A after making a strong pitch for his party's comeback and delivering stinging missiles at the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Admitting that the previous government at the Centre led by his party had shortcomings "towards its closing day," Rahul Gandhi said a new Congress government "would be a much more decentralised government.
He also tore into the government over the state of the economy, describing the notes ban and the new national tax GST as "two quick shots to the chest."