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Rahul shuts doors on BSP-SP, says Congress will contest with full might

Lucknow, Feb 11 (IANS): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday virtually shut the doors on the BSP and Samajwadi Party and said that while he respected their leaders Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, there should be no doubt that his party will fight the coming Lok Sabha polls with "its full might and ability" in Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing Congress workers at the party office, the Gandhi scion said that the time had come when the ideology of the Congress should be resurrected in the state and added, while gesturing towards party General Secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia, that these people had been sent to Uttar Pradesh not just for the Lok Sabha polls but to also ensure that the Congress "forms the next state government".

"We will yield not an inch on our ideology. The people of the state have suffered a lot, they have tried and tested every party and the Congress will have to form the next government for the sake of progress and prosperity of Uttar Pradesh," he declared as the workers applauded amid slogans of "Rahul Bhaiyya, Rahul Bhaiyya".

Exhorting party activists to work hard for the electoral battle that lies ahead, he pointed out that it was a "fight between an ideology and unity and brotherhood on one side and the RSS, BJP and Narendra Modi's divisive and hate-centred politics on the other".

He assured the party workers that leaders will not be "air-dropped any more" and that the grassroot workers would be encouraged.

He again trained his guns on Prime Minister Modi for alleged corruption.

Gandhi said that there was no dearth of issues to put the Modi government on the mat -- be it farm loan waiver, promised jobs and even corruption. Modi had let down the people of all sections of the society, the Congress leader said at the end of a roadshow of his sister Priyanka Gandhi and Scindia.

"Loans of no farmer has been waived but his industrialist friends have got benefits from the Prime Minister. Two crore jobs were promised every year but nothing has happened."

Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, he imitated Modi's style of speech and said that while earlier he used to speak with his head held high and his 56-inch chest pumped up, now he spoke with his head down.

"He is on the defensive, his hollowness has been exposed before the whole country," Gandhi said.


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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 12 2019

    Dont know if rahul really thinks they can sweep UP.
    If hes thinking, then there is no greater fool.

    Remember, during last UP election, when SP and congress came together.
    All the media thought it was a done deal.
    Then you know ,what happened?

    This is not 1970's where a slogen" garibi hatao" or the looks will work anymore.
    The young voter is not concerned about how anybody looks, but how he has performed all these years.
    What has been his corruption record so far?

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  • shagird, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    big mistake, this can help bjp in a very big way. BJP use their brains, congress gets carried away by emotions.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    Priyanka Gandhi will win in Uttar Pradesh Single Handidly ...

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    jokers who were abusing UP bhayas till the other day have such a change in heart fro the same peoole? because madam has to win.. LOL

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    The best thing that Amit shah must have wanted..LOL
    since the day SP-BSP went together, bjp was nurvous.. equalition was like 40 for sp-bsp, 30 odd for bjp and 1-2 for cong.
    if cong contest all 80, then BJP will gain 40 more, cong 4-5.. and sp-bps less than 30..

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  • Harish Hegde, Mangalore/Aramco

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    Similar view you had during earlier votes but they lost all 4 states... am i right Rajesh Udupi?

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    I never said ANdra they will win.... MP even after 15 yrs of incompbancy, they could not defeat BJP convincingly.. i accept Chhattisgarh was rude shock. thought it was cake walk.

    Well, i have my own logic.. i am NOT here to bet on anything..not ashamed to say i went wrong. But people having high expectation on clown prince and clown pricecess is hilarious! but then this country still has slavery to white skin, even among educated mass .. So, anything can happen..LOL

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