Lack of a face like Modi Cong’s disadvantage in Gujarat?

by Dec 12, 2012

As the battle for Gujarat heated up with Modi attacking Congress leaders even on the last day of campaigning, Rahul Gandhi stuck to the party's decision to not reply to Modi's remarks. But the question is will Rahul's last moment visit to Gujarat change the Congress's fate in the elections?

"The Congress has not been able to create a regional leader like Modi in Gujarat, or in fact in any other state," said Prabhu Chawla the editorial director of The New Indian Express told CNN-IBN in heated late-night discussion with Rajdeep Sardesai.


While Modi has been campaigning relentlessly in the state and leaving no stone unturned, the Congress can hardly boast of strong leader in the state.

"Not one of Congress's advertisements in Gujarat has the face of a political leader, be it a state leader or a national leader," said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, to which Sardesai asked the question whether the Congress does not want to attribute its defeat in Gujarat to any particular leader.

Aakar Patel agreed that Congress had no might in the state neither did it want to put up a fight. He said that Rahul Gandhi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi had made no reference to the convicted ministers in the Modi government - Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi. He said, "The Congress is sure of losing in the elections. Which is why they are trying to save their face now."

Firstpost encourages open discussion and debate, but please adhere to the rules below, before posting. Comments that are found to be in violation of any one or more of the guidelines will be automatically deleted:

Personal attacks/name calling will not be tolerated. This applies to comments directed at the author, other commenters and other politicians/public figures

Please do not post comments that target a specific community, caste, nationality or religion.

While you do not have to use your real name, any commenters using any Firstpost writer's name will be deleted, and the commenter banned from participating in any future discussions.

Comments will be moderated for abusive and offensive language.

Please read our comments and moderation policy before posting