Rahul Launches Kisan Yatra
- To Walk For 27 Days
- Congress Campaign in UP Begins
Deoria (Eastern UP): Rahul Gandhi, AICC Vice President, has begun the party’s poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh in right earnest on Tuesday with a farmers’ rally at Deoria. He embarked upon a 2,500 km-long Kisan Yatra and launched door to door campaign in Rudrapur in Eastern UP.
The 27-day Mahayatra started by Rahul with a calibrated speech that promised to fight for the farmers and mounting an attack on the prime minister. This is part of the ambitious plan prepared by election expert Prashant Kishore. By all means, the Kisan Yatra shows that the Congress party has taken itself very seriously and is bent upon improving its position in the most important State.
BJP has lost no time in running down the effort put in by the Gandhi scion. It said it would be Rahul Gandhi’s last show. The BJP said Rahul Gandhi has no credibility.
A formidable challenge is waiting for Rahul to pick up. The party at the ground level is disorganised and weak. In 2012, the congress, despite an aggressive campaign by Rahul, fared badly at the hustings bagging a mere 28 of the 493 seats in UP Assembly. It was slightly better than the performance of the party in 2007 when it picked up 22 seats. Congress president Sonia Gandhi attributed the poor show to a weak organisation and infighting among State level leaders. The organisational gaps are still gaping in the face of the leadership.
The Kisan March is likely to culminated in a massive rally either at Ghaziabad or Meerut. The foot march undertaken by the leader is expected to infuse confidence to the party worker who have to return to winning ways.
‘Cot’ in a wrong foot?
The idea of ‘Khat pe Charcha’ (debate over cots) at the farmers rally addressed by Rahul Gandhi ended in a chaos as the peopled quarrelled and scrambled over cots. They said ‘the meeting ended and let us take the cots’. With Rahul, the cots also have gone. BJP mocked at Rahul Gandhi calling the rally a flop show.