BJP targets Rahul, asks what contribution he has made

BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi did not have the charisma to appeal people from all sections of the society.

Updated: Aug 27, 2010, 00:13 AM IST

New Delhi/Bhopal: Three BJP leaders
including party chief Nitin Gadkari today trained their guns
on Rahul Gandhi over his tribal and farmer agenda, questioning
his credentials to take up their cause and asked what
"contribution" has he made.

The leaders who also included former BJP presidents
Rajnath Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu said people are aware who
their supporter is and who is a farmer`s son. Gadkari said
Rahul lacked charisma to appeal to all sections of people.

The Congress in a sharp reaction to the BJP outburst in
targeting 40-year-old Rahul said people like Singh are
"afraid" of the young leader because of his increasing reach
with the masses and "genuine support" he is getting across the
country.

Rajnath when asked about Rahul`s campaign in UP over
farmers` issue said "What other political parties are doing on
farmers` related issue I will not comment on it. But people
know who is the son of a farmer and who is the supporter of
poor people." Rajnath once had a run in with Rahul calling the
Congress leader "a bachcha"(child).

Naidu also hit out at Rahul asking "What is his
experience? What is his contribution?"

"Let us talk about what the Prime Minister or the
Congress president has done instead. They talk of aam admi,
but all their actions are to benefit the khas admi," he told
reporters in New Delhi.

In Bhopal, Gadkari said Rahul did not have the charisma
to appeal to people from all sections of the society.

"I do not subscribe to the view that Rahul has a
charisma which appeals to all kinds of people in the society,"
the BJP president told a press conference.

"If only Rahul had some charisma, the Congress would not
have lost assembly elections in those states where he had
campaigned extensively," he said.

Gadkari said he was not worried at Congress projecting
Rahul as a future prime minister.

"It is the internal matter of the Congress to decide
whom it wants to project as the Prime Minister," he said.

Hitting back at Rajnath, Union Minister and senior
Congress leader Ambika Soni said people like him are "afraid"
of the young leader.

"People are reposing faith in him (Rahul) but people
like Rajnath Singh are not able to understand this and are
afraid of him," she said.

"The entire opposition is scared of Rahul because of
his increasing reach with the masses and genuine support he is
getting across the country," she said in New Delhi.

Soni said, "Rahul has got wide support in the party
and government."

Targeting Rajnath and BJP she said, "If you are
isolated from the grassroots and alienated from people and
only doing politics through the debate in Lok Sabha and Rajya
Sabha then people like Rajnath Singh would be scared of him."

On Rahul`s role, Soni said, "He (Rahul) is not doing
things deliberately for camera opportunities or cheap
publicity. He charted a road map as I have seen as an
onlooker.

He has identified the role of an MP in his or her
constituency. He has also identified those sections of our
population which should have got the benefit of development
but have not yet got.

"When he visited Dalits and poor, people criticised
but he did not stop because he genuinely believed in that."

-PTI