Rahul takes swipe at VS over his age

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a swipe at veteran Marxist leader VS Achuthanandan over his age.

Last Updated: Apr 09, 2011, 15:17 PM IST

Kochi: Congress general secretary Rahul
Gandhi on Saturday took a swipe at veteran Marxist leader VS
Achuthanandan over his age, telling the Kerala voters that if
the LDF wins this Assembly polls they will have a 93-year-old
chief minister by the next elections.

Gandhi, projected as the youth face of the Congress,
said the UDF led by his party had a mix of youth and
experience.

"The senior leaders have `great depth and experience`.
You are going to get a government which has experience and
youth.

On the other hand if LDF wins the elections, by the
time next election comes around you will have a 93-year-old
chief minister," he said referring to CPI-M warhorse
Achuthanandan now aged 87.

Gandhi, who had made several visits to Kerala in
connection with Youth Congress organisational elections last
year, said though the state had a highly developed political
system, there was a sense of fear in it.

"There is also violence in the political system. This
is what is going to change after elections," he said taking on
the CPI-M led Left front which is fighting a tough battle to
retain its hold in the April 13 Assembly polls and buck the
trend of regime change every five years.

Gandhi said the UPA believed in looking after the
aspirations of the people of the state. "We do not believe in
using violence and we have a history of peace."

PTI