Thousands flock to Rahul Gandhi in Varanasi

congress rallyVaranasi:  Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday stormed Varanasi to rally against BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate Narendra Modi, drawing thousands of supporters in the Hindu holy city.

Two days after Modi held a mammoth roadshow and a day after AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal attracted thousands, Gandhi rode on an open vehicle through the heart of Varanasi, surrounded by slogan-shouting Congress activists.

“We are confident of defeating Modi here,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media as security personnel repeatedly pushed back crowds trying to reach out to Gandhi.

Ajay Rai of the Congress is one of the two main opponents of Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial aspirant. The other is Kejriwal.

Gandhi, accompanied by Rai and other Congress leaders, waved at the crowds from his vehicle.

It was the biggest show of strength by the Congress since the election campaign got under way in Varanasi.

Gandhi’s roadshow began from a Muslim-dominated area, Gol Gadda.

Varanasi resident Shahid Ansari said: “We are traditional supporters of the Congress. We have been voting for the party for generations. We will continue to support it.”

Gandhi was showered with flowers as supporters, wearing Congress caps and donning Rahul Gandhi paper face masks, cheered him and candidate Rai.

“Ajay Rai is a local leader and we are supporting him because he will stay here and work for us,” said Gopal Yadav, another resident.

A Congress supporter described both Modi and Kejriwal as “outsiders”.

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One thought on “Thousands flock to Rahul Gandhi in Varanasi

  • May 11, 2014 at 11:24 am
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    The Die is cast

    With only 41 seats of Lok Sabha remaining to be voted upon tomorrow , the die is cast
    Outcome of those 41 seats is unlikely to make much of a difference to who will form the next Government at the Centre
    If BJP falls short of 272 seats , ” Aya Ram , Gaya Ram ” horse-trading will settle the issue
    But what will send a loud and clear message across India is ,
    ” Who wins in Varanasi ? ”
    It is no more a question of Congress vs BJP
    Or , a question of David vs Goliath
    It is no more a question of choosing between , lesser of the two evils
    Even if AAP has made a few honest mistakes and occasionally , compromised on lofty principles , for the first time , people of Varanasi have a choice
    To choose between the least of the THREE EVILS !
    There are no ABSOLUTE standards by which to judge political parties
    There are only RELATIVE standards – and , even these keep shifting
    If you think , some of the AAP members – and even , some of its leaders – are susceptible to making immoral compromises , you are entitled to your opinion – which is your right
    And Arvind Kejriwal would be the first person to defend your right
    Let us ask ourselves ,

    ” Who is the Least Corrupt of the three ?
    Who do I deserve ?
    Who is likely to resign if he cannot fulfill his poll-promises ? ”

    BJP came into power in Gujarat on 26 Dec 2012 , by promising :
    ” If voted to power , we will construct 50 lakh houses for the poor in next 5 years ”
    In the 500 days since BJP came to power , Gujarat Government should have built , and distributed , 13,69,863 homes
    To find the truth , file a RTI application – without expecting any answer !
    Of course , by 20th May , expect NaMo to resign as Gujarat CM
    Not for having failed to fulfill his promise to people of Gujarat
    But , to fulfill his poll-promise to people of India , that , if voted to power , BJP will construct 100 Mega-Cities in next 5 years
    That is one Chandigarh or Gandhi-Nagar , every 18 days !
    Hopefully , P C Sorkar ( jr ) will help out with a Mirage !

    * hemen parekh ( 11 May 2014 / Mumbai )

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