Is cellphone symbol of development Mr Rahul Gandhi?

Rahul Gandhi
Ahmedabad, Dec 11: On the last day of campaigning today in Gujarat for the first phase of polling, the Congress brought in their future hope and party leader Rahul Gandhi straight to Saurashtra, perceived to be Chief Minister Narendra Modi's soft spot.

And, the speech of the Congress leader was at best quixotic. He invoked the name of Mahatma Gandhi, whose ideals have been foresaken by the Congress long ago. His name was used to attract vote politics and the Mahatma hated vote politics.

It is okay to give in to the young man because in Gujarat one has mention Mahatma to stay relevant. But listen to what he said subsequent to his emotional opening.

"The cellphone in your hands is one powered by a policy which was promoted by Rajiv Gandhi and made by this man - Satynarain Gangaram Pitroda who is a Vishwakarma by caste." Agreed that the cellphone has changed the way we communicate, however, to advocate cellphone as a development agenda is pedestrian.

Top political leaders who can influence the course of a nation should not be consider a cellphone as a symbol or an achievement of development agenda itself.

Cellphone is a tool of development. What we need is education, food and infrastructure. We are disppointed sir.

First Cell Phone in 1995

The Congress seems to be indulging in symbolic campaigning. While Rahul landed in first in Saurashtra region, Sonia Gandhi went to Sidhpur, where Modi's face on media Jaynarayan Vyas had won by a narrow margin.

The Congress, in fact, should concentrate on at 20 constituencies in which its margin of victory was less than 5000 votes. In 2007 the Congress win in nine assembly seats was less than 2 percent and in 4 seats the margin was just touching 2 percent. In four constituencies its margin of victory was three figures or as low as 17 votes.

Even, Modi has task to lift winning margins in 23 constituencies where the margin was less than 5000 and in nine less than 2000 votes. The BJP candidates won by less than 2 percent margin in nine and in six seats about 2 percent or just above.

Todays main players on the stage are Modi, Senior BJP leader LK Advani and Rahul Gandhi. Polls in Gujarat will be held on December 13 and 17.

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