According to a Mint report, ahead of October State election, TV ad has been released by party in which, instead Gandhis, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has been promoted. The ad was released on Marathi channels.
Apparently party is cautious about the recent credibility loss of Sonia and Rahul due to spate of controversies. The Congress party it seems has decided to exploit clean image of Chavan, who is also credited with bringing transparency in governance . Moreover, party wants to put up the fact that Congress is the only party with declared Chief Ministerial candidate.
Recently big alliances, Congress-NCP and BJP- Shiv Sena had came to an end. Congress-NCP was alliance of 15 years old, while SS-BJP had maintained togetherness since 25 years.
On asking about why this extolling of Chavan, a Congress leader as quoted by Mint said, "Various pre-poll surveys indicate that Chavan is the first choice of the people for chief minister's post, so it was obvious that we take advantage of Chavan's popularity with the electorate".
Meanwhile, Congress spokesman Anant Gadgil denies the report saying, "This is an election for the state assembly and not the Lok Sabha. So, there is nothing wrong in the state leadership getting prominence."