Published On:11 October 2013
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

SPECIAL REPORT: Congress revival chances among Gujarat Muslims much brighter with Rahul Gandhi's visit, Congress may win 8 to 10 Lok Sabha seats

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani

Ahmedabad: Rahul Gandhi has finally arrived on the centrestage of Indian politics. The angry, young, pragmatic Rahul Gandhi with his masterstroke of tearing and throwing away of the recent ordinance brought by his own government has in fact severely rattled the Indian political landscape virtually tearing into the opposition parties itself so much so that RSS-annointed Prime Ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi seems to be completely lost and considerably mellowed down his attacks. And, Modi knows it only too well that the law is soon going to catch up with some of his cabinet colleagues and associates debarring them from electoral politics just like the convicted MPs Rasheed Masood and Lalu Prasad Yadav.

The moment a confident Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi, arrived in Gujarat along with Ahmedbhai Patel, Political Adviser to Congress President Ms. Sonia Gandhi, the Congress Party rank and file in the state has been spurred. Rahul Gandhi's assertion that BJP, the rightwing affiliate of RSS, has mastered the art of doing politics by pitting Hindus against Muslims has raised his profile as a sincere and honest leader who wants to restore the credibility of Indian politics. The recent visit of Rahul Gandhi to Gujarat has made Congress revival chances in the state much brighter and has undoubtedly brought increased acceptibility among Muslims here. Even Ahmaedbhai Patel is seen to be working hard to restore Congress Party's lost glory in Modiland. His confabulations with party workers has upped the ante and the party seems to be readying itself to give some tough times to the Hindu mascot and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Ahmedbhai Patel, while addressing the gathering in Bharuch recently, said that Congress Party was not at all bothered about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's nomination as BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He said, "Modi's nomination does not make any difference to Congress. We are not bothered about it. It is the prerogative of a political party to nominate its candidate for the post."

Referring to Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's recent visit to Gujarat, Ahmedbhai Patel said that the state unit of the party has become more "energetic" after that. "Rahul Gandhi's visit has inspired Congress workers. He asked them to unite and observe party discipline," he said.

He expressed confidence that Congress would perform well in the upcoming assembly polls in Delhi, Rajasthan, M.P. and Chhastigargh and Mizoram.

Ahmedbhai Patel attended the executive committee meeting of Bharuch district unit of the party and asked the party workers to bury differences with the aim of defeating the BJP.

The executive meeting adopted several resolutions asking party workers to launch agitation after CAG's report on corruption involving Rs one lakh crore and also against Modi government's "failure" in appointing Lokayukta in Gujarat.

The resolution also demanded adequate compensation for the farmers of Bharuch district, who suffered losses due to heavy rains and floods in the district.

According to political pundits, After the visit of Rahul Gandhi and Ahmedbhai Patel, hundreds of veteran Congress workers feel emotional and they have vowed to struggle hard to bring back of party's golden days in the Modiland.

When this Correspondent talked to many Congress workers, it seemed that party workers have already started making extensive efforts to pose a bigger challenge to BJP in Gujarat. Most of the party workers said that Congress Party might win 8 to 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the coming parliamentary elections to be held in 2014.

[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Gujarat). He can be reached at lakhani63@yahoo.com or on his cell 09228746770]

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