After years of languishing and making laughable comments, Rahul Gandhi finally gave speech in the run up to the Gujarat assembly election that makes sensible readings. He did not talk about the poor background of Modi or tried to belittle him, which are backfiring at Congress. He also did not talk about matters related to Kashmir or Pakistan that also largely depicted him as an anti national. He talked about economy and its beneficiaries and employment which can establish connect between the people and the Congress Party in Gujarat for the first time in many decades.
“Within 10 days of forming our government in Gujarat, we will frame a policy for waiving farmers’ loans. Also, the salaries of employees, (currently) not increasing at par with price rise, will keep increasing,” he told an election rally at Anjar in Gujarat’s Kutch district this afternoon.
Another key issue raised by Rahul is to admit that 15 lakh rupees cannot be given to each citizen, saying “I cannot simply do it. But I can only say we will do all we can to fulfil the promises we make.” This issue has special significance as Prime Minister Narendra Modi made this promise before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
However, this time as well, the promise Rahul Gandhi is making in Gujarat seemingly is too good to be true. In its election manifesto released on Monday, the Gujarat Congress promised farmers’ loan waiver, 50 per cent reduction in electricity rates, unemployment allowance to 30 lakh youth, and 25 lakh houses in five years for middle- and lower-income groups.
This kind of poll manifesto is far more effective than pursuing negative campaign against BJP. By calling Modi ‘chai walla’ and throwing poison at BJP will only strengthen them. Rahul’s father Rajiv Gandhi’s time is gone when Congress can utter anything and get away with it! The hundreds of TV channels and social media will highlight it repeatedly giving a bad impression of his party. Moreover, Hindu middle class cannot connect with Congress anymore because of their various actions that hurt Hindu sentiments. Gujarat, being one of higher income states, has large middle class population that abhors Congress. Thus, the Congress campaign should be directed at the progress of the state, rather than negative emotive issues. This is the step in the right direction and hopingly the stepping stone to establish Congress as a strong opposition to the BJP.