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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Congress counts gains from Rahul's visit to Baran

Aabshar H Quazi, Hindustan Times  Kota, September 19, 2013
First Published: 20:54 IST(19/9/2013) | Last Updated: 20:56 IST(19/9/2013)

An upbeat Congress has started counting the possible electoral gains from party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's "tremendous impact" on the electorate of the Haduti region, hoping that the response of the people would translate to votes in the coming assembly polls.

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Assembly elections are due in Rajasthan later this year and Gandhi blew the party's poll bugle at a public rally in Baran on Tuesday, wooing the economically weaker sections with a passionate speech.

What has energised the Congress camp is the "large attendance" at the rally though there is no data that gives the exact number of supporters or those who had simply hitched a ride in the countless buses, trucks and tractor-trolleys arranged by the party to ferry people to the venue.

Congress leaders have pointed out the presence of a large number of tribals and locals of Baran and other parts of Hadauti region including Kota, Bundi and Jhalawar at the rally. The party had claimed an attendance of more than 2 lakh at the rally.

The rally has also helped local leaders to showcase their clout and further their cause for a party ticket this time.

Congress MLA from Anta in Baran and former minister Pramod Jain 'Bhaya' have got the maximum credit for ensuring the large crowd at Rahul's meeting while other stalwarts including urban development and housing minister Shanti Dhariwal, public works department minister Bharat Singh and others are also said to have worked hard for the success of the meeting.

Pramod Jain 'Bhaya' said that "Rahul Gandhi is popular among the tribals and locals in Baran and his visit has also blessed them with the Parwan project which would ensure irrigation and drinking water to large parts in Baran, Jhalawar and Kota districts".

He said that Rahul's rally would help the Congress retain the four assembly constituencies it had won in the last assembly polls in 2008 and also ensure success in the remaining 13 assembly constituencies of Hadauti region.

Congress had won 10 out of total 17 assembly constituencies of Hadauti region in last assembly polls while BJP had won 7.

Youth Congress president for Kota-Bundi Parliament Bhanu Pratap Singh too said that "Rahul's visit would galvanise mood in favour of the Congress in Hadauti region since he tried to strike a chord with common man and tribals through his dreams-of-poor speech".


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