Congress says Rahul Gandhi is like JP

Hoping that Rahul Gandhi would help turn its fortunes in Bihar, Congress compared him to Jai Prakash Narayan, the anti-Emergency hero from the state, saying he has addressed the needs and future of the youth of the country.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 20:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Hoping that Rahul Gandhi would
help turn its fortunes in Bihar, the Congress on Thursday compared
him to Jai Prakash Narayan, the anti-Emergency hero from the
state, saying its young leader has addressed the needs,
concerns and the future of the youth of the country.

"After Pandit Nehru, Abdul Kalam (former President)
addressed the children of the country. Similarly after Jai
Prakash Narayan, Rahul Gandhi has addressed the needs,
concerns and the future of the youth of the country," party
spokesman Mohan Prakash said.
He lamented that after Gandhi`s tour to Bihar, where
assembly elections are being held, "all the parties opposed to
the Congress have attacked him eventhough he talked about the
future of the youth and development".

Prakash claimed there was an "undercurrent" in
favour of the Congress in Bihar and this would be all the more
apparent in the remaining phases of elections.

Hitting out at the party`s opponents, the Congress
spokesman said that the two coalitions of RJD-LJP and the
JD(U)-BJP were "unnatural and unstable".

He said, "the concept of development of both these
coalitions was 20-30 years old. On the other hand, the path of
the Congress was tuned with the aspirations of the people of
21st century".

Asked why the party had not released its manifesto
yet, even though the first phase of elections was over,
Prakash said "it was being prepared".

He said the leadership of the party, Sonia Gandhi and
Rahul Gandhi, symbolised development and that was the agenda
of the party.
"The programme and policies of the party was being
enunciated by the leaders in their speeches and when they
reach out to the people of the state," Prakash added.

PTI