Partnership would bring the focus back on the issue of corruption
New Delhi : After his recent meeting with the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav followed it up with another meeting with the vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday.
Yadav who is out on bail in the Bihar fodder scam is looking to revive his party’s alliance with the Congress that he had unilaterally called off before the 2009 general elections. It is very important for him to convince the Congress vice-president as a revival of a Congress-RJD partnership would bring the focus back on the issue of corruption. Rahul Gandhi has been trying hard to create a public perception that he has zero tolerance for
On his part, Yadav has been trying hard to convince the Congress leadership by asserting that he would not repeat the 2009 mistake and also by praising Rahul vis-à-vis the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, and the AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.
But party spokespersons were not prepared to comment on the Lalu-Rahul meeting beyond confirming that it did take place. On the question of the alliance, the Congress has maintained that the issue would be decided after a wider consultation, and an evaluation of the state specific situation.
Cong downplays bleak
forecast, AAP challenge
With the 2014 elections slated to become a three way fight between the Aam Aadmi Party, BJP and the Congress – opinion polls have started predicting and declaring the people’s choice for the prime minister’s job.
In a latest opinion poll conducted – Narendra Modi is the best choice for the top job followed by Arvind Kejriwal pushing Rahul Gandhi to the third position. AAP is predicted to make major inroads.
However, the Congress has refused to make any comments on the latest poll projection, saying it will comment on its strategy at an appropriate time.
The party also dismissed any challenge to Rahul Gandhi from AAP leader Kumar Vishwas who has announced that he will contest against the Congress Vice-President, saying the AAP leader ‘does not exist at all’ in Amethi whose electorate share an emotional bond with the Nehru-Gandhi family. “I am not going to comment on surveys and poll forecasting, which are done at regular interval by different agencies before the polls. …Congress party can speak on its strategy, its mechanism when the appropriate time comes,” party general secretary Ambika Soni said.
Speaking about selection of candidates, she said, “Some office bearers of the party are deciding all this, they are meeting people, people from states, the Chief Ministers, the PCCs and the CLP leaders are coming. The names of
potential candidates are being given and information is being gathered about them.”