Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday kickstarted the party’s campaign for the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections scheduled to be held later this year with a dialogue with party workers and leaders from all 182 constituencies in the state.
During the meeting with professionals, doctors, engineers, chartered accountants and lawyers made their representations about various issues being faced by them in the state, Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said.
The young state leaders, though, were more curious about ongoing inner party politics rather than developmental agendas. He responded when he was field the question whether the tickets would be given to those who have money and muscle background.
Similarly, when asked about senior leaders sabotaging prospects of genuine candidates just because their recommendations were not heeded, he asserted: “Whoever tries to defeat the Congress, howsoever big or small he or she may be, will not be tolerated”.
“The parachute landers, who do not have any contribution for organisation and demand tickets will not be entertained this time“.
It has nearly 10 months now since the Congress Working Committee urged Rahul, who was appointed as vice president in 2013, to take over the reins of the party. “Anyone who works against this ideology will not be given space in the party.” said Rahul, according to ANI. Due to demonetization, farmers and small traders faced a bad crisis. While RaGa took open jibes at the PM and Centre, a Modi lookalike also attended the rally. “Ultimately poor people had to face the results as demonetisation came down heavily on the economy of nation resulting into decline of GST with 2 per cent”, he said. While Modi has given Tata Rs. 36,000 crore as bank loan and Rs. 60,000 crore in total for their Nano project, which is twice the debt of Gujarat’s farmers.
The Congress vice president also spoke at length about media freedom and said that the media is being suppressed to not write against Modi. The truth can’t be hidden. The AAP is in the process of weaving its political campaign around the slogan “Gujarat no sankalp, AAP aj kharo vikalp” (Gujarat’s pledge, AAP is the only alternative), said AAP’s Gujarat media co-ordinator Harshil Nayak.
Taking about Modi’s development plank, he said the “hollowness” of the BJP’s “Gujarat model of development” stood exposed. Rahul Gandhi should have given the account of 10 years of rule on UPA.