UP Election 2017: Akhilesh-Rahul Bond Gets Trolls Not Votes

Mar 13, 2017, 01:37
UP Election 2017: Akhilesh-Rahul Bond Gets Trolls Not Votes

All eyes had been focused on the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections with each party trying to out-do each other in campaigning. While accepting the defeat, Akhilesh Yadav said, "the cycle was tubeless". The worse came from Amethi parliamentary constituency, represented by Rahul and earlier by his father late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, where the Congress lost all the four seats. Rahul Gandhi hasn't been able to devise any startegy to take on Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah who seem to be, at least for now, invincible in Indian politics.

Pictures of Akhilesh holding hands with Rahul and the two young leaders conducting several rallies and roadshows across UP with a tagline of "kaam bolta hai", Akhilesh Yadav's campaign focused on the work undertaken by the SP government in the past five years.

If the party has hit rock bottom in the UP assembly elections with seven seats, it should make sure that some heads roll at the top-especially those who had unrelentingly insisted on the alliance between Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav - often described as UP ke ladke. Hindutva politics based on anti-Muslim propaganda and "hope" embodied in the Modi persona offer a deadly combination: "The UP voter may well be intoxicated by it this time". However, he also made a point that Congress will continue to fight to win people's heart and mind. And, such was Modi's appeal that masses were ready to support the demonetisation drive regardless of personal pain and economic slowdown.

The Congress is relieved Priyanka Gandhi did not campaign in Uttar Pradesh as the outcome would have shattered faith in her charisma.

"Rahul is struggling to establish himself as a credible leader, both within the party with the Congress cadres and outside with the electorate".