by FP Staff Dec 12, 2012 10:49 IST
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."
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