Jaitley takes pot shots at Cong over Sonia’s TV messages

Jaitley claimed the only message yesterday’s speech of Sonia Gandhi telecast on "paid television time" is that Congress party's new slogan now is 'Mein Nahin Mom'.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: April 15, 2014 1:19 pm

BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday took potshots at Congress over the televised messages of Sonia Gandhi, saying that the party had been forced to change its principal communicator since Rahul Gandhi’s speeches to the people were “not working”.

Taking a jibe in a post on his website, he said the new slogan of Congress is ‘Mein Nahin Mom’ (Not me, Mom) and claimed that last minute attempts to change electoral agenda through paid television time would not click.

Jaitley said that an opinion poll by a leading channel had shown that NDA may get absolute majority and “as the Congress shrinks further, its campaign has resulted in a naught” as it is “too abstract and confused”.

“The Congress Party changed track yesterday. Rahul Gandhi-led campaign and the accompanying advertisements were given a backseat. The Congress President Sonia Gandhi herself decided to lead from the front. She addressed the country by booking television time on all channels,” he said.

Claiming that the desperation in Congress was clear, Jaitley said that speeches, interviews and press conferences of political leaders are always covered by the media and Sonia Gandhi does not have to buy television time in order to reach to the people.

“The idea was to change the principle communicator of the party from the son to the mother,” he said.

The BJP leader, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Amritsar, said the act of bring Sonia messages on TV was an expression of “lack of confidence in Rahul Gandhi, in as much as his speeches to the people were not working.”

“Messages on paid television time cannot last minute change the electoral agenda. Price rise, mismanagement of the economy, corruption, dilution of the office of Prime Minister cannot be a part of either ‘Bhartiyata’ or ‘Hindustaniat’. This message will not click,” Jaitley said.

He claimed the only message yesterday’s speech of Sonia Gandhi telecast on “paid television time” is that Congress party’s new slogan now is “Mein Nahin Mom”.

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  1. V
    V G
    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:44 am
    I pity the poor Rahul. The moment he opens his mouth, he gets exposed. Has he ever managed even a Kirana store? He has known only power and privileges without responsibility. So, he can take potshots on any one and every one. What has he achieved? What is his track record except mouthing the old so called 'SECULAR' slogans without any conviction? He doesn't deserve to be even a PRADHAN of Panchayat let alone at the Centre. People should defeat him and he should lose his deposit. Mother and son have fooled the nation for too long. Now the daughter is also joining!