Ahmedabad, Dec 5: As election campaign heats up in poll-bound Gujarat, the mystery behind missing Rahul Gandhi from election rallies is haunting everyone. Why is the Congress leader, considered in party's inner-circle as future Prime Minister of India, not campaigning in Gujarat?
The answer to the question has been provided by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. According to Modi, Rahul is not campaigning in Gujarat because he does not want to take responsibility of his party's likely defeat in the Assembly polls. Not directly taking any names, Modi took a dig at Congress leadership, saying that the party's massive campaign in Uttar Pradesh failed to generate any votes for them in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2012, earlier this year.
"One of the Congress leaders from whom they have big expectations had camped in Uttar Pradesh for 12 months and people kicked that party out of the state. This 'precious' leader of Congress has not dared to campaign here for assembly elections," Modi said.
"The leader knows the temperament of Gujarati people. He has realised that they won't be able to impress the people of Gujarat. Hence, he decided to pay merely token visits here. He doesn't want to take the responsibility of his party's defeat here," the chief minister said.
Modi also ridiculed the Congress for 'withdrawing' all photographs of Gandhi family members from its poll-related campaign material in Gujarat. "This has happened for the first time in 60 years. Even political pundits have observed that not a single photograph of Nehru, Indira, Rajiv, Sonia, Priyanka or Rahul Gandhi has been used in Congress's election campaign advertisements," Modi said.
"Do you know why the Congress has been forced to withdraw these leaders? Let me ask: Are they believing that these faces don't bring votes for the party anymore?" he asked.
"Instead they put up pictures of a Sri Lankan boy, which is totally irrelevant and misrepresentative," he claimed, referring to the controversy over a picture used by the Congress in its poll propaganda depicting malnutrition of children in Gujarat.