Delhi Congress office chorus: Don’t blame Rahul

A spokesperson said, “Rahul Gandhi cannot be blamed for this. BJP indulges in vote bank politics and the people of UP have chosen that over politics of development.”

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published:March 12, 2017 3:32 am
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DESPITE INITIAL trends showing that the Congress was leading in at least three states, the party office at 24, Akbar Road, wore a deserted look on Saturday morning. There were no supporters at the gates, no large screens, speakers, flags or placards. Senior leaders, too, remained absent from the party headquarters.  Around 11 am, communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala arrived and told those present: “We are going to win three states and wrest two from the BJP.”

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A spokesperson said, “Rahul Gandhi cannot be blamed for this. BJP indulges in vote bank politics and the people of UP have chosen that over politics of development.”

“They are dream merchants and have sold dreams to people,” another spokesperson said.  A little way down the road, as the sound of the celebrations at the BJP’s national headquarters resonated through most of the Lutyens’ area, the talk in the Congress canteen went something like this: “Punjab toh theek hai, UP bada masla tha. (Punjab is fine but UP was the bigger issue.)”

However, as the crescendo of BJP’s unprecedented majority rose over television channels, commotion outside the Congress headquarters caught everyone by surprise. Youth Congress members, bearing party flags and coloured powder, led the celebrations, chanting, “Ugta sooraj dhalti shaam, Rahul Gandhi tere naam.”

Meanwhile, outside the office, 36-year-old Durga Prasad from Loni (Ghaziabad), who has been selling Congress merchandise on Akbar Road since he was 19, counted the day’s sales.

“I have made Rs 400 since morning, which is more than most days. Bikri kam ho gayi hai (sales have dropped). I was hoping I would make a little more today.” Asked if he will go across to the other party’s office, he said, “I will only sell here. They have given me my livelihood.”

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    Mar 12, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    The BOTTOM line is I think upper castes voted in a BLOCK and Muslim and lower caste got divided, otherwise Delhi and Bihar would have been repeated, this hypothesis is yet to be confirmed by News Analysts ..... ................ SP had let down MUSLIMS ....... that may have been a factor ............. winning in PUNJAB is same way ROUT and BJP and SAD why is that ignored???? .......... then there is GOA ...these are INDICATORS that BJP's Promises but does not PERFORM ............. the effects of Demonetisation is HARD felt but not converted in VOTES,that is strange ...... in a way it is good that BJP has come to power ............ they can show all their WEAKNESSES ..... the lesson is LEARNED Anti Bjp parties will have to work together or become EXTINCT .................. and another lesson is that CASTE politics has been perfected ........ most lections will be FOUGHT on Caste basis ................ sorry time for INDIA .................. India will become caste playground where upper caste will give LOLLY POPS to lower castes and tribal and they will go on demanding CASTE Certificates to PROCLAIM I am SC ........... JUST like castes society in medieval tiles ........ and that is JUST what RSS and Sangh PArivar want ..............
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      kuju
      Mar 12, 2017 at 10:13 am
      Next year in Karnataka If RaGa campaigns then BJP will win again.
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        kuju
        Mar 12, 2017 at 10:18 am
        RaGa looks lime Mr Bean
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          pradeep
          Mar 12, 2017 at 2:31 pm
          There is nothing substantial in this bjp run.pazt three years not a single job was created only din and noise. Nothing earthshaking is going to happen except another demonization.
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