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Rahul steps up offensive against Mulayam

Sonia refrained from predicting whether Rae Bareli poll outcome would be a catalyst for such a change.

india Updated: May 05, 2006 18:34 IST

A day before campaigning ends in Rae Bareli, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Friday stepped up his offensive against the Mulayam Singh Yadav government suggesting it is time it should go.

Rahul, who has been campaigning for the re-election of his mother, Sonia Gandhi, from this Lok Sabha constituency, refrained from predicting whether Rae Bareli poll outcome would be a catalyst for such a change.

"If the Government is not doing any work, it is time for change," he told reporters when asked about his charge of non- performance of the UP government and if he felt it should go.

However, to a question whether the outcome of the May 8 bypolls would be a catalyst to the change, he parried a direct reply saying "I am not a soothsayer".

Asked how he foresaw polling on May 8, he said it would depend on three factors-distance of polling booths from villages, heat and marriage season.

On whether caste would play a big factor in the post-Mandal era, Rahul Gandhi said "it is a factor but not an important one."