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Visits to Dalit houses created impact: Congress

Instructed to emulate Rahul Gandhi,senior Congress leaders in UP had visited Dalit houses on Oct 2 but many of them resorted to innovative methods to make their stay comfortable.

Though embarrassed by senior party leaders’ failure to spend even a few hours of austere life at Dalits’ houses in Uttar Pradesh,the Congress on Tuesday sought to play it down claiming that their visits had created an “impact”,notwithstanding a few “exceptions” in which some leaders used generators and mattresses to make their stay comfortable.

Instructed to emulate AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi whose stays at Dalit homes is marked by a conscious attempt to live like the hosts,senior Congress leaders in UP had visited Dalit houses on October 2 but many of them resorted to innovative methods to make their stay comfortable.

On Tuesday,however,the Congress sought to put up a brave front.

“There could be one or two exceptions. This has been talked about. They have realised it,” AICC spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said. “In UP,a large number of leaders went to Dalit houses and shared food and roof with them. The message has gone down well and has created an impact.”