Monthly Archives: January 2012

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra, the Congress’ star campaigners

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra, the Congress’ star campaigners, have intensified their public contact programmes in different parts of Uttar Pradesh as the election dates draw near in the politically crucial state.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s tour programmes are yet to be finalised but a senior leader in the party said both leaders will be addressing at least one election rally in each of the seven phases starting from March 3.

While Priyanka Vadra  today reached Fursatganj on a three-day tour of Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar and Rae Bareli, Rahul will begin his tour of Bundelkhand region from tomorrow.

The AICC general secretary will also address a tribal rally in Sonebhdadra this week.

Priyanka Vadra three-day tour will be confined only to the Assembly segments falling in the Parliamentary constituencies of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi – Raebareli and Amethi – for the time being.

There are 10 assembly constituencies in Raebareli and Amethi of which seven are represented by Congress. Priyanka Vadra will again coming on Amethi tour from February 2.

Party sources say while Rahul Gandhi is on a whirl wind tour of the state spelling out party’s policy and programmes to electorates, Priyanka’s current tour is more related to rejuvenating the party workers and taking stock. Her public campaigns will start a few days later.

Rahul’s campaign this week focuses on Bundelkhand which has a sizable tribal population, for which the central government had announced a development package at his initiative last year.

He would start his campaign from Lalitpur tomorrow and then travel to and other districts before addressing a public meeting in Duddhi,Sonbhadra district, on January 21

Rahul Gandhi slams opposition for blocking Lokpal Bill

Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the Opposition prevented the Lokpal Bill from being passed in Parliament because it had his backing.

Rahul Gandhi Said:

“I advocated a strong constitutional Lokpal. Make it on the lines of the Election Commission…. But they (BJP) defeated it in the Lok Sabha saying that it is Rahul Gandhi’s dream… this is not only the dream of Rahul Gandhi but also that of the youth of this country. We will not rest without (achieving) it,” Rahul told a rally inSaharanpur.

Rahul Gandhi, is spearheading Congress’ election campaign in the state, And is winning hearts of Muslim voters who had been disillusioned with Samajwadi Party in 2009 after it joined hands with Hindutva poster boy Kalyan Singh, widely seen by Muslims as the architect of the Babri Masjid demolition.

Gandhi pointed out that his father, late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, too, had faced similar opposition when he brought the Panchayati Raj Bill to delegate power to the village heads. “Rajiv Gandhi’s dream was the Panchayati Raj Bill. Did it not benefit you?” Gandhi said, eliciting cheers from the crowd.

Referring to the policies that the Congress has introduced, Rahul asked a youth near his podium whose policy it was that brought phones to villages.

“It was Rajiv Gandhi who paved the way for this. They had said even then that Rajiv Gandhi is not talking sense. He is talking about computers and phones in villages,” the MP said.