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Rahul Gandhi's elevation an eyewash, poses no challenge: BJP

Agencies  New Delhi, January 19, 2013
First Published: 21:44 IST(19/1/2013) | Last Updated: 22:53 IST(19/1/2013)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said Rahul Gandhi being named the Congress' vice president was a "mere eyewash" as it was a known fact for long and added that his elevation to the number two position in Congress poses no challenges to it.

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BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, "BJP does not want to speak about his appointment.. It is their party's decision and they have every right to give a position to him, but it looks like an eyewash."

"The people of the country want to know what is in Rahul's mind for the youth and for the unemployed... People want to know what he has given to them in the party's eight year rule in the country," he added.

Party leader Shahnawaz Hussain said Rahul Gandhi's appointment is "not a big news..This is an old announcement...there is nothing new."

"The BJP thinks it is the Congress party's internal matter… the move (Rahul Gandhi's new appointment) will not help the party or the country.. He was anyway the number two in the party," Hussain added.

"This announcement of Rahul Gandhi becoming number two of Congress has not come as a surprise. He was already number two after Sonia Gandhi. He was not number three who has been elevated to number two. Only a member of Nehru-Gandhi family can be number two," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

Congress announced on Saturday that the Congress Working Committee has unanimously supported a resolution moved by AK Antony to make Rahul Gandhi vice president of the party.

"This decision will not bring any gains to Congress. He does not pose a challenge to BJP even if he becomes President of Congress. Congress has no future," Hussain claimed.

Another party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said though this decision is entirely of Congress and is an internal matter of that party, it will not have much political impact.

"If Congress thinks the elevation of Rahul Gandhi will give a boost to the party's future prospects, then it is highly mistaken. People will judge Congress as well as Rahul Gandhi by their performance in the last nine years that the party has been in power," Prasad said.

He maintained people will look at Rahul Gandhi's track record as an MP and a campaigner of Congress before taking any decision.


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