Has shifted his focus to immediate challenge of Lok Sabha polls, telling party leaders that the long-range plan can wait


NEW DELHI : The Assembly poll rout early this month has made Rahul Gandhi put brakes on all his radical plans of the structural changes in the Congress until after the Lok Sabha elections in April.

He has not abandoned his vision of creating a new leadership with the decision-making powers decentralised up to the district level partymen but he has shifted his focus on the immediate challenge of the Lok Sabha polls, telling the party leaders that the long-range plan can wait.
An unease among the Congress MPs during the winter session of Parliament that ended two days ago was that Rahul remains hell-bent on shaking up the party structure and shaking off the experienced leaders from their positions as if he were planning for 2019 and not 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
A top party source, however, rejected their apprehension as misconceived. “It’s a lie. The Congress vice-president never gave this impression that the 2014 polls are not his priority. In fact, all his meetings post-Assembly elections are focused on the poll campaign to be unleashed by the party as early as in the new year,” he said.
The source said Rahul is personally overseeing preparations for the polls and he has also approved a special campaign to be mounted across the country by the party’s central and state leaders to match the propaganda of BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi.
Admitting that Modi has made the head-start in the propaganda he began in the Assembly elections since November, the Congress sources said the campaign being prepared by a team of the party leaders will overtake him by nailing all lies he is spreading with the truths to let the people not get misled in the polls.
Finding the media almost mesmerised by Modi with the electronic media giving a nationwide publicity to every public meeting he addresses, Rahul has started holding informal meetings with the media persons in groups to dissuade them from almost one-sided publicity given to the BJP in the Assembly elections.

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