Political window-dressing

Print edition : February 22, 2013

At the AICC session in Jaipur on January 20, Rahul Gandhi, whose election as party vice-president the previous night the meeting endorsed, with mother and party presdient Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Photo: Rohit Jain Paras

Newly elected BJP president Rajnath Singh(second from right) with senior leaders L.K. Advani, Sushma Swaraj and M. Venkaiah Naidu at the party headquarters in New Delhi on January 23. Photo: VIJAY KUMAR JOSHI/PTI

Bereft of a comprehensive political vision that can capture the popular imagination, the two mainstream national parties resort to cosmetic image reconstruction with leadership changes ahead of an election year.
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