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Congress now plans a trade-specific focus

Saubhadra Chatterji , Hindustan Times   New Delhi, February 26, 2014
First Published: 00:09 IST(26/2/2014) | Last Updated: 00:11 IST(26/2/2014)

With several parties jostling for space in the aam aadmi politics, the Congress will narrow down its focus on micro groups. Over the next few days, party vice president Rahul Gandhi is set to interact with cycle-rickshaw pullers, aanganwadi workers and fruit juice sellers.

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The first batch was railway porters, whom Gandhi met on February 11, and there are more in the pipeline. His team has reportedly prepared a list of 60-odd such target groups.

After the drubbing in the latest round of assembly elections last year, Gandhi had promised to change the process of interaction between the Congress and the aam aadmi. But that, party insiders add, is driven by the challenge from the AAP and the BJP, who are zeroing in on such groups. While the AAP held a meeting with auto rickshaw drivers in the capital, the BJP is roping in tea-sellers.

This micro-series also comes at a time when Gandhi has apparently developed cold feet about reaching out to voters through media interviews. After his first, detailed TV interview last month drew flak from several quarters, the new strategy seems to be to work on specific vote-banks.


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