Launching a fresh attack on the Congress, BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said Cong ress president Sonia Gandhi’s recent address on television indicated her lack of confidence in vice-president Rahul Gandhi, while rolling out the party’s new ‘slogan’, “Main nahin, mom”.
Talking to mediapersons here, Jaitley said, “Now when the Congress has understood that Rahul Gandhi has no impact and people are hardly impressed by him, Sonia Gandhi has taken guard and she will also fail.”
In his campaign diary on Facebook, Jaitley wrote, “As the Congress shrinks further, its campaign has resulted in a naught. The campaign is too abstract and confused. The message is not clear. The Congress changed tack yesterday. The Rahul Gandhi-led campaign and the accompanying advertisements were given a backseat. Sonia Gandhi herself decided to lead from the front. She addressed the country by booking TV time on all channels.”
Jaitley wrote, “The desperation (of the Congress) was clear. Speeches, interviews and press conferences of political leaders are always covered by the media. The Congress president does not have to buy television time in order to have her speech conveyed to the people. The idea was to change the principle communicator of the party from the son to the mother.”
He further said: “This was an expression of lack of confidence in Rahul Gandhi, in as much as his speeches to the people were not working. Messages on paid television time cannot bring last-minute change in the electoral agenda. Price rise, mismanagement of the economy, corruption, dilution of the office of Prime Minister cannot be a part of either ‘Bhartiyata’ or ‘Hindustaniat’. This message will not click. The only message in yesterday’s speech of Sonia, telecast on paid television time, is that Congress’ new slogan now is ‘ Main nahin, mom’.”
‘BJP GETTING STRONGER’
On recent opinion polls on the Lok Sabha elections, Jaitley said, “A leading news channel yesterday gave the results of their tracker opinion poll. This poll gave to the BJP 226 seats in Parliament and to the NDA an absolute majority of 275 seats. This is the first opinion poll to have given an absolute majority to the NDA. I believe that this poll has captured the emerging trend.”
He said, “As polling date approaches closer in every phase, the groundswell becomes clearer. There are two clear trends in the groundswell, its anger against the Congress and the hope in Narendra Modi. My own view is that the actual poll always results in the front-runner getting more than what is projected.”