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Congress rally: A rebuff to opposition parties
With its image battered by a series of corruption allegations, propagated day in and day out by the Opposition through what could be paid channels, the Congress had to launch a counter offensive, especially against the BJP, saying it was 'neck-deep' in corruption.

THE MASSIVE turnout at the Congress rally in Delhi's Ramlila Maidan on Sunday (4th November 2012) was a befitting and essential reply to critics of the party and Manmohan Singh Government, clearly conveying the message that both the party and the government were solidly behind the Prime Minister and the steps taken by him to give a boost to the economy in a global scenario, which was none too flattering.

The whole exercise also seemed to give the hint that the party could be setting the tone for the electoral challenge of 2014, if not earlier as is being propagated in Opposition quarters. This is because the Congress lined up three star speakers - party president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AJCC general secretary Rahul Gandhi as if to motivate and energise the rank and file of the party to take on their opponents with renewed aggressive vigour.

It was for the first time that Rahul shared the stage with Sonia and Manmohan, giving clear hint of the bigger role he is to play in the affairs of the country. Rahul Gandhi made an impassioned speech in which he spoke of the 'aam admi' and the crying need for changing the flawed political system which denied space to youth from the underprivileged backgrounds.

With its image battered by a series of corruption allegations, propagated day in and day out by the Opposition through what could be paid channels, the Congress had to launch a counter offensive, especially against the BJP, saying it was 'neck-deep' in corruption.

Mrs. Sonia Gandhi left none in doubt who her target was when she quoted a proverb in Hindi to say 'Those who dig ditches for others, have a well ready for them', apparently referring to corruption charges against BJP including those faced by its President Nitin Gadkari. What is more, as a big rebuff to Dr Singh's critics, Mrs. Gandhi lauded his stewardship especially at a time when the world was witnessing economic distress. If India fared better than several other countries, it was on account of the deft handling of the situation at a crucial moment by the Prime Minister. That should silence Dr Singh's critics who were speculating whether this was to be his last rally and Rahul's coronation ceremony.

The Prime Minister was not lagging behind. Under attack for his reform measures, Dr Manmohan Singh defended the government's decisions, stating that growth is not possible without economic reforms. Stressing that these new policies will build a prosperous India, he promised, “We will bring in changes. We did the same in 1991. There was opposition then as well,” adding that their opponents would be proved wrong.

To counter the Congress rally, the BJP organized several mini-rallies in Delhi in one of which their key speaker, Dr Murli Manohar Josh gave up by saying the futile exercise was like 'Bhains ke samne been bajana'.

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