Sonia Gandhi Rally in Jammu: A show of lost direction and personal faith


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The Sonia Gandhi rally in Jammu yesterday didn’t attract the five digit numbers. This is only a more polite way of saying that 2000-3000 people is only a little lesser than 50,000. Ok, jokes apart. I attended the rally personally and by the time it came to an end, I had decided that another congress rally for me will have to wait a long, long time and personal invites from the VVIPs probably.

Sonia Gandhi Rally Jammu, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Saifuddin Soz, Ambika Soni


Mrs. Gandhi was delayed and the two and half hours wait was definitely not the while. All the local speakers kept the crowd occupied during the delay. When she finally did arrive at the venue with Saifuddin Soz, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni, my hopes lit up for some fiery anti-Bhartiya Janta Party bhaashan but none of that happened too. Ambika Soni did not speak. Soz, Azad and Gandhi spoke for a combined 22 minutes. The real part of rally ended within a flash. I was flustered that this wasn’t enough reason why I moved from work to attend this rally. I simply didn’t get enough of Sonia Gandhi or of anything.

Sonia Gandhi Rally Jammu, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Saifuddin Soz, Ambika Soni

It would be unfair to generalize upon this one rally alone but inadequate addressal of anything other than Narendra Modi at the rally was free publicity for the country’s prime minister and that’s barely something Congress needs to do now.

1. There was no mention of how Pak should stop terrorists from infiltrating the border. If there has to be any bilateral improvement, Pakistan actually needs to address that issue and this could have been brought up

2. There was the general hue and cry of how BJP is not a secular party but no description of why she thinks it’s a fact or a mention of any such recent developments.

3. BJP’s big promises were plainly bemoaned but if there is actually an observable pattern of how BJP is failing in its tenure of six months, no mention of such a pattern came up.


Sonia Gandhi Rally Jammu, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Saifuddin Soz, Ambika Soni
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This list can be extended but theirs is little point in extending it. Congress about now is limiting itself to sloganeering and that may not help their cause. Azad and Soz have repeatedly made statements on how they will form the coalition government. We have already seen in the Lok Sabha elections how coalitions all over the place fared for the party nationally. Congress about now needs to have a different roadmap to redeem their glory. Name calling is definitely not the ideology that is going to help them achieve it.