Delhi rally: Sheila urges crowd to listen to Rahul Gandhi but in vain

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New Delhi, Nov 18: While BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed a mega Bharatha Gellisi rally in Bangalore on Sunday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi failed to ignite his audience at an election rally here on the same day.

The poor turnout and the thinning crowd forced Gandhi to cut short his speech. Even Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her colleagues tried to convince the crowd by asking them to at least listen to the party vice-president but in vain.

What is more worrying for the Congress is that the event took place in Dakshinpuri in south Delhi, considered a stronghold for the ruling party. The Congress, which is in power for 15 years in Delhi now, takes credit for the regularisation of the illegal colonies and water and power connections in this constituency.

The thinning crowd forced Rahul Gandhi to restrict his speech to 7 minutes

What happened at the rally venue on Sunday? The programme was scheduled to start at 10 am but Rahul Gandhi arrived at the venue about two hours late. The crowd was still an impressive one but when senior Congress leaders began to speak, the crowd became impatient and slowly began to depart. The thinning crowd forced Gandhi to restrict his speech to seven minutes.

This is the second time that the two top leaders had meetings on the common day. On October 27, the day when Modi spoke at the eventful Hunkaar Rally in Patna, Gandhi had a rally in Delhi but the latter got a far less attention compared to Modi.

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit at an election campaign rally in New Delhi on Sunday.

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and Congress senior leader Buta Singh at an election campaign rally in New Delhi on Sunday.

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Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at an election campaign rally in New Delhi on Sunday.

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses an election campaign rally in New Delhi on Sunday.

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses an election campaign rally in New Delhi on November 16.

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