Updated: January 30, 2017 5:22:56 pm
Just a couple of days after finalising the electoral alliance for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi arrived in Lucknow with Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav for a joint press conference today (January 29). Gandhi dominated the interaction comparing the alliance between SP and Congress with the confluence of the rivers of Ganga and Yamuna that join at ‘sangam’ to form the river Saraswati.
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Expounding on the thought, Gandhi said, “Ganga-Yamuna ek soch hai, ye jahan milti hain unko pehchana nahi jaata ki ye Ganga hai aur ye Yamuna, aisa alliance hoga (Ganga-Yamuna is one thought, where they meet, you can no longer differentiate between Ganga and Yamuna, that’ll be the nature of this alliance).”
With an aim to tell people that the two parties were their choice in the elections, Gandhi and Yadav are expected to launch a poll campaign with a tag line “UP ko ye saath pasand hai (UP relishes this alliance)”. The duo is expected to send out a strong message to party cadres from both sides, urging them to work together to ensure the defeat of BJP and BSP.
In the meantime, given Gandhi’s repeated references to Ganga, Yamuna and Sangam – irrespective of the question asked – many took to Twitter to express their views on the young politician’s choice of metaphor for the day. While one was certain that he’d seen Raj Kapoor’s famous film Sangam for inspiration for this speech, several others asked that since Ganga and Yamuna lose significance after becoming Saraswati, would that be the state of affairs of development in UP?
Here are some witty tweets on Gandhi’s Ganga-Yamuna-Sangam speech:
I think Rahul saw Raj KAPOOR’s Sangam last night on DD.
— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) January 29, 2017
Aaj Rahul ji zaada pard ke aye hai.He knows full answers.He is not even waiting for ques.Ganga yamuna ka Milan??????????????
— rajat sabharwal (@rajat_sab) January 29, 2017
— Uzair Hasan Rizvi (@RizviUzair) January 29, 2017
“Ganga Jamuna Ek soch hai”, says Rahul Gandhi.
I always thought it was a movie. pic.twitter.com/ddvpezPE65
— Transfer Pricing (@JitendraJain_) January 29, 2017
Top lessons learnt from Rahul Gandhi:
History keeps changing
Ganga & Yamuna are thoughts.
This man deserves national award for best humour.
— Haritha Varanasi (@csharitha) January 29, 2017
— Usha Padiyar (@UshaPadiyar) January 29, 2017
M/s rahul & akhilesh ganga jamuna could meet but sarswati has to disappear so progress of up will disappear as ganga jamuna hve joined hands
— Harish Bhatia (@Harishbhatia7) January 29, 2017
Sangam of Lord shiva and Lord Vishnu in Mohini avatar then and Akhilesh and Rahul now ? Result? Ravan Rajya
— CS Rabi Narayan (@csrabi) January 29, 2017
— Nain (@inavin9) January 29, 2017
Almost 100th time Rahul Gandhi called this alliance Ganga – Yamuna ka jodd. This is new ‘women empowerment’ for him. pic.twitter.com/vWgkxBInV7
— Kartik Nijhawan (@NijhawanKartik) January 29, 2017
Then there was the friendship that was more personal than professional…
Close Enough ? pic.twitter.com/hCTebdmoFW
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) January 29, 2017
The UP Assembly polls starts from February 11, and of the 403 Assembly seats, Congress will contest in 105, while SP will fight in the rest of the 298 seats.
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