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Missing from party: Rahul skips Manmohan farewell

 

 

Manmohan: Bye politics!

Manmohan: Bye politics!

New Delhi: according to reports, Rahul Gandhi failed to attend a farewell dinner for the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hosted by Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday. As a result, the party’s face for the 2014 elections, Rahul Gandhi, became the main topic of discussion on TV channels. Though the mood was sombre at the event – the last one where Singh interacted as PM with Congress leaders – Sonia tried to cheer them up. Rubbishing the exit polls that have predicted Congress’ worst-ever performance, she told them that talks with like-minded parties were on for “future political role”.

But Rahul’s absence did surprise quite a few Congress leaders too. Given the extent of speculation around the Gandhi scion giving the dinner a miss, the Congress finally issued a formal statement to defend his nonattendance. Rahul’s absence did surprise quite a few Congress leaders too. Given the extent of speculation around the Gandhi scion giving the dinner a miss, the Congress finally issued a formal statement to defend his nonattendance. Party leaders have already laid the blame for a possible poor show in the elections at the government’s doors, saying it failed to communicate its achievements to the people. In a statement to explain Rahul’s no-show, party general secretary Ajay Maken said, “After three months of gruelling campaigning, Rahul Ji is out of town for two days. He will be back tomorrow.”

Expressing its gratitude to Singh, the Congress also released a two-minute video message on its website and put out a greeting card, titled “Thank you Dr Singh”, on its Twitter handle urging followers to sign it.  “He has given India 10 years of growth. Sign this card to say thanks,” tweeted the party. The unusual step of uploading a video message — which talks about India’s economic growth under Singh’s watch, his “inclusive growth politics” that resulted in a jump in installed power capacity, increase in road and highway connectivity, rise in rural electrification, telephone and internet boom — is being seen as a message to party workers to refrain from blaming Singh for the party’s possible defeat, but Rahul’s absence has complicated the situation ahead of the verdict.

“Dr Singh’s policies have connected millions of people through state-of-the-art facilities while also building the foundation for further boosting economic growth and generating lakhs of new jobs. Thank you, Dr Singh for a decade of growth,” said the message posted on the party’s website with the video.

 

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