Sonia and Rahul Bamboozles Opposition

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    DAY OF RALLIES: `False propaganda' fight in Delhi, push for `special status' in Patna Sonia tells party to face battles

    A combative Sonia Gandhi today bluntly told Congress workers there was no reason to be ashamed of the government's record and sought to dispel a perception that the party would succumb to the pressure-cooker effect of rising prices and rolling scandals.
    Addressing a huge rally that was organised by the beleaguered party to bolster the morale of the workers, Sonia exhorted the party to tear into “the false propaganda“ of the rivals.

    The thrust of Sonia, Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appeared to be drilling into the ordinary worker three messages: the need of the hour is to battle it out, the government has taken tough measures keeping the country's long-term interests in mind and corruption is not a Congress-specific issue; others, too, are tarred with the same brush.

    The Congress said 2 lakh people -an impressive turnout by Delhi standards but par for the course in Calcutta -attended the rally.

    Sonia reminded the workers of the party's glorious history, its role in freedom struggle and nation-building, its unique capacity to identify with India's pluralism and secular ethos and its commitment to the poor and the downtrodden.

    Before dwelling on the host of crises at hand, she sought to inject a sense of pride into the demoralised workers by recalling the rich legacy and asked: “Koi hai hamare jaisa?

    Is mamle mein hamara muqabla koi nahi kar sakta (Is there any other party like ours? Nobody can match us on these issues).“

    Asserting that the Congress party's conscience was clear, she said: “We need not fight shy of anything; we ere honestly working for the poor, Dalits, tribals, backwards, minorities and other weaker sections of the society .“ She asked the noisy crowd why the rally was convened and replied: “So that we could make it clear that we are ready to face the enormous challenges -economic, social or political. We will pass this difficult phase and come out triumphant.“

    Sonia accused the BJP of not being able to digest the successive defeats in 2004 and 2009 and of plotting to weaken the government. She said the BJP did not allow Parliament to function for two reasons: to block legislation for public welfare and to prevent exposure of their own ugly face.“

    While Sonia explained the difficult decisions of raising petroleum prices and defended foreign direct investment in retail, her focus was on the strident anti-corruption campaign and the rise of new forces which, according to her, were weakening the very foundations of democracy .

    She said those who were itching to play havoc with the constitutional scheme and mindlessly attack democratic institutions could easily in dulge in mudslinging and character assassination.

    On corruption, she specifically targeted the BJP. “Those who were preaching us on corruption are now found wallowing in the mire of scandals. It is believed those who dig pits for others fall in the well themselves.“

    She added: “There is a storm of strange news nowadays, bearing all kinds of allegations against the government and the party. We must be careful in analysing what is credible, what is a lie.“

    HIGH FIVE? NOT REALLY Pride & persevere message to Cong

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    One could not just give excerpts because each sentence carried substance that conveyed the capturing the force of the Congress' strong fightback against being put in a position with their back to the wall with the spate of scams and alleged misdemeanors of the Congress Party and its leading family.

    It has apparently struck a chord in the Congress Party rank and file and brought them out of the gloom and despondency that has overpowered it of late.
     
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    Rallyists show `copy cap' solidarity

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    The intent was to “show the detractors“ that the youth supported Rahul Gandhi, but the “showing“ was done entirely in language borrowed from the detractors.
    At today's Ramlila Maidan rally, about 200 youths wore white Nehru caps emblazoned with “I am Rahul“ and “Main Rahul hoon“ -a trend popularised by the “I am Anna“ and “I am Arvind“ caps worn by India Against Corruption activists.

    Most of the wearers seemed to be Congress activists from Haryana. Some others were carrying a folded piece of paper on their heads with the same slogan inscribed with a sketch pen.

    Questioned, some of them said the “novel“ idea had been thought up by party leaders in Haryana although no one could name them.

    “The idea is to show our detractors that Rahulji is not alone and there are thousands and lakhs of youths standing behind him,“ thundered Ajay Sharma, a district-level Congress official from Haryana...........................

    A branding expert said copying an opponent's idea reflected poor taste.

    “I am against mimicking a rival's brand idea like this. I am sure Rahul Gandhi or other senior party leaders would not have known about this and would not have approved of this had their opinion been sought,“ said Amitav Avasthi, a brand analyst associated with a leading event management company .

    “Some activists down the ranks would have thought of following a tagline like this, which only turned out to be a poor joke.“

    Rallyists show `copy cap' solidarity

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    Was it a error to copy cat Team Anna style of cap slogan?
     
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    All substance and no drama from Rahul

    Rahul Gandhi, who addressed the Congress rally first, disappointed the party workers with his simple, matter-of-fact approach, attracting unflattering remarks from many in the crowd who felt “the innocent boy was still not ready to take charge“.........

    But despite the absence of rhetorical flourish...... and lofty exhortations,,,,,, Rahul made three key points: one, he understands the importance of reforms and high growth to sustain welfare schemes; two, he knows the caste realities in the country and three, he intends to free the political system from the clutches of a few families.

    Rahul showed striking maturity by underscoring that politics would improve only if youth from the lower castes and weaker sections came into the system. He dedicated most of his speech on the need for opening the doors of political parties to newer people.

    Rahul unambiguously backed the reforms agenda..... votary of the Congress's traditional middle-path approach, taking big business and welfare together.

    But he left little doubt about the kind of politics he intends to pursue, asserting that “those who are disgruntled with the system, I am standing with him. I want change, the Congress will have to change, the system will have to change.“ He gave the Congress credit for empowering the people with a weapon like the right to information act while hailing schemes like the MGNREGA and promising food security and land acquisition bills........

    All substance and no drama from Rahul

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    Rahul apparently is showing sign of having understood the ropes of Indian politics.
     
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    I don't understand the purpose of this rally. And why in delhi ?? There's elections in other states but not in delhi. Though it obviously made news with pics in Gujarat Samachar here which never prints any pics of Modi's big rallies with more or same number of public, still what's the purpose ??
     
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    Rally showcases Rahul; Congress stands firms on FDI

    ....... an emphatic signal of Rahul Gandhi's impending ascendancy by getting the Amethi MP to spearhead its retaliation against opposition's onslaught over corruption and FDI in multi-brand retail.

    Amid rising drum beats over his impending anointment to a hands-on role in organizational matters, Rahul opened the counter-offensive at a massive rally here, speaking ahead of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and slamming opposition's claim that allowing global retailers to set up shop in India will put mom-and-pop stores out of business as "mindless and thoughtless".

    ...........power show ......... intended to deliver several messages: The rise of Rahul, a pep talk to the cadre in the wake of attacks by anti-graft crusaders and opposition, a counter-punch over corruption and support to the latest round of reforms initiated by the PM. These were all sent across in unambiguous language.

    There were clear, although familiar, signs to herald Rahul's formal designation as the No.2. Rallyists carried placards proclaiming him as prime minister-designate. In their warm up speeches, chief ministers of Rajasthan and Haryana -- Ashok Gehlot and B S Hooda -- said the formality of his anointment be completed without delay, and Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi declared him to be the country's future.

    The young leader tried to live up to the billing by accusing the opposition of being obstructionists without a positive agenda and by claiming that the PM and Sonia had "shown the way" on major economic and welfare issues. He took on rivals over corruption, holding up the Right To Information initiative as the "most powerful tool to tackle corruption". Opposition was slammed also for "spreading falsehoods" on reforms and corruption.

    ........... rally organized in support of the decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail to reassure the crowd that he has not forgotten Congress's pledge to work for the aam aadmi.

    ...................(Rahul) positioned himself as an agent of change, promising to usher in greater inclusiveness in the political system that has "shut the door on the common man". The pitch was a reassuring signal that he was ready for the 2014 battle.

    Sonia amplified Rahul's message further, launching a hard-hitting attack against the opposition for trying to tar the government with corruption charges despite being "immersed in the muck of corruption" itself - an indirect reference to controversies surrounding BJP chief Nitin Gadkari's business deals.........

    Sonia's speech was significant for its assertive tone as the effort seemed to be to dispel any notion that she has lost the will to fight Congress's foes. Her remark that Congress cadre had nothing to feel apologetic was intended to fire party morale and show that she has not been shaken by a barrage of political and personal attacks.

    The PM highlighted the people-friendly aspects of reform like direct cash transfers that he said will put money in the bank accounts of beneficiaries while also promising inclusive growth for farmers and the under privileged. Rahul pointed to the rural guarantee scheme and the loan waiver of 2009.

    The roles of Rahul, the PM and Sonia in terms of their speeches seemed to have been identified before hand as Rahul said Singh would dwell on the economic situation at length. He firmly endorsed the PM's argument that growth was necessary to fund welfare schemes for farmers and poor. "So we will move with both," he said.

    Although she backed reforms, Sonia made it clear that it was not the only arrow in the UPA quiver. "We need new investment and FDI is one component of it. It will benefit not just farmers but also the common man and the youth," she said.

    Her jibe at BJP over the Gadkari affair that "people who were lecturing us till yesterday have been found to be neck deep in the morass of corruption" would have struck home as she further rubbed it in by mockingly observing, "One who digs a ditch for others finds a well ready for him."

    Sonia painted BJP as a poor loser ...........................

    She admitted that graft was a cancer that hit the poor the hardest and argued that she was not just countering BJP charges. "We will fight it with full force, will not spare anyone against whom corruption is proved," she said.

    Both Rahul and Sonia referred to the food security law that they said will soon be enacted so that no one goes hungry. She even asked critics like BJP to point out if anyone has run a government that has taken so many steps for socio-economic changes in urban and rural areas in so little time.

    Rally showcases Rahul; Congress stands firms on FDI - The Times of India


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    While the rally was a huge success, but some of the assertions seem to fall flat on its face - especially one on corruption because the successive and unending scams and the Vadra story makes the Congress assertion on fighting corruption appear to be insipid and a crass falsehood.

    Rahul Gandhi's ploy to appear beyond the scam and corruption ridden political realm of the Congress Party and project himself beyond it as the clean and youthful messiah is totally disingenuous and a bit unfair to the Congress Party on whose shoulders he has been foisted.
     
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    Rather by saying "Mein Retard Hoon" would have got more respect for him!
     
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    The purpose of this rally, I presume, was the baptism of Rahul Gandhi as a full PM material.

    It was to rid him of the image of being politically wet behind the ears and a greenhorn, apart from being perceived as a perennial failure and coming out as a wimp.

    In this rally, he came out a leader wherein he took the stage before the PM and Sonia Gandhi, indicating a new courage to lead and a symbolic salute to his leadership prowess.

    Instead of his signature whining and meaningless populist sloganeering, he came out forceful and took on knotty issues head on like the FDI.

    However, what may not go down well is that he tried to project that he was a duck to water wherein the scams and the alleged family skulduggery was not sticking to him as he was beyond the Congress and indeed, a new Messiah (maybe the second coming of Christ) come to deliver the country from the evil besotting the Nation because of dirty politics and dirty politicians and dirty political parties.

    Now, that was being too brazen and too insensitive!

    He seems to have forgotten the Bible on which he was brought up - Sins of the father shall be visited by the son.

     
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    Well, I still don't buy it. I think it's to encourage workers who lost hope as party is facing so much charges.
     

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