Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rahul’s ‘visible & invisible hand’ in victory: Cong

NEW DELHI: Congress on Monday attributed its big upset win over the Samajwadi Party in Ferozabad bypoll to the “visible and invisible hand of
Rahul Gandhi” . The party also used the fact that the leader had campaigned in the SP stronghold to drive home the message that it was the Rahul Gandhi blueprint which was working its magic in reviving Congress in the Hindi heartland.

The party also dubbed his work to be a factor in the massive gains for the Congress-Trinamool alliance in West Bengal, despite the party having actually slipped in North Bengal. Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said Tuesday’s bypoll results in 31 assembly segments across seven states and the parliamentary seat of Ferozabad were proof that Congress was the only “pan-Indian movement”.

Talking about Mr Gandhi’s “equal and proportionate” role in the victory, the party said the “visible and invisible hand of Rahul Gandhi” was not only apparent in Ferozabad and his campaigning there but also in the “long-term and mediumterm” vision he had for the party .

Mr Singhvi talked of the “sterling work” of the NSUI and the IYC — both organisations under Mr Gandhi’s charge — in Kerala and West Bengal. “Rahul Gandhi is not afraid of experimenting or taking risks, as he knows that being status-quoist is a bigger risk,” Mr Singhvi said.

Congress’ official line on the ‘Rahul Gandhi effect’ was a consolidated account of what Congress leaders ranging from AICC in-charge of UP Digvijay Singh to Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi and a host of other leaders had said on Wednesday. The party has projected Mr Gandhi as the one of the main reasons for its winning streak, which began with the Lok Sabha polls. In keeping with this script, the party had attributed its wins in several constituencies in Maharashtra and Haryana to Mr Gandhi’s campaigning.

However, in UP, the party is claiming that Mr Gandhi’s “hand, presence, work, and working style” has effected a virtual shift in the state’s politics. As proof, Mr Singhvi said the Ferozabad victory was all the more stunning because it was in a region in UP where “Congress footprint was given up for good”.

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