Rahul's Gujarat-model for Congress in poll-bound states

Rahul's Gujarat-model for Congress in poll-bound states

After his grueling Gujarat campaign, Rahul Gandhi has now turned his focus to other poll-bound states such as Karnataka asking Congress leaders to fight elections unitedly and with full strength.

In his first address at a function after being declared President-elect of the party, Rahul told a mahila congress workshop that it would be his endeavour to ensure representation of women at every level in the organisation.

Rahul singled out the Gujarat unit of the Congress for praise saying that it succeeded in striking a chord with Gujarat's people and wanted the party to repeat the performance in every election in the future.

"Wherever Congress will contest election, be it one seat, 10 seats or 200 seats, Congress party will fight with full strength, together, in unison, on ideological basis and by giving the state a vision," Rahul told the gathering that broke into sloganeering in his support.

The immediate challenge for the new Congress President is to keep up the momentum generated in Gujarat and take it forward in election-going states such as Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and continue the same till the next Lok Sabha polls.

"In difficult circumstances, the Congress has fought unitedly and you will see the result on (December) 18. I can say, you may be in for a surprise," he said.

Rahul said the last three-four months saw a "merger" of the Congress party with the people of Gujarat. "The dialogue that took place, the discussions that happened... it was very powerful. I wish that we should work in the same way in every other state … by respecting the people, listening to them … systematically and unitedly," he said.

Karnataka goes to polls in May next year and the state unit of the Congress has witnessed factional fights every now and then despite the efforts of the central leadership to broker peace.

Earlier in the day, Rahul also opened up in a series of television interviews saying he was grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for putting difficulties in his party. "This has helped me emerge stronger," he said.

"Modiji has helped me the most... How can I hate him," Rahul said in an interview to Gujarati news channel GSTV.

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