DEHRADUN: The BJP Wednesday claimed that the Gandhi family heading the Congress has sensed party’s impending defeat in Uttarakhand, which was evident from the fact that their faces were missing from the campaign material in the poll-bound state.
“This is the first time since Independence that it (Congress) is contesting an election where the faces from the Gandhi family are missing from all its posters and campaign material,” BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, in an apparent reference to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and deputy Rahul Gandhi.
“This shows that they don’t want to own up the responsibility for their party’s defeat and have accepted it even before the elections,” the former Union minister said.
Hussain claimed that the Congress tally would be reduced to single digit in the state assembly. “Not only are the faces of the party’s top leaders missing from the posters and banners, they have also avoided visiting the state for election campaign. Congress here is virtually left with only Harish Rawat and PK (Prashant Kishor),” he said.
The BJP leader claimed that hardly a thousand people attended the Congress’ rallies and Rahul Gandhi cannot pull the crowds on his own strength and that was why he was only being seen at chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s rallies in Uttar Pradesh.
Hussain claimed that the turnout at his rallies in the state was impressive. “People here have made up their mind to vote out this government, which has failed to deliver,” he said.
Asked why the party did not field any candidates from the minority community in the state, he said, “Some people may not have got tickets to contest the polls but that does not mean they were ignored because of their religion. BJP never takes any decision on the basis of religion.”
He said the record of being appointed the youngest Union cabinet minister at the age of 32 stands in his name.
Asked why the party had chosen not to project anyone as its CM candidate, he said it was not a problem for BJP as it has galaxy of leaders in the state to choose from in the state. “If voted to power, our party would leave no stone unturned to make the hill state bloom like the lotus,” he added.
Describing Uttarakhand as the land of people who guard the country’s frontiers, Hussain said “such a state can’t be neglected.”