With the Congress manifesto unveiled, an upbeat Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asserted rather confidently that the BJP’s campaign ‘balloon’ would burst, as its ‘India Shining’ campaign did in 2004. “Just like the India Shining balloon exploded... I can say certainly the balloon will explode,” he said.
He then took potshots at his rival, warning all and sundry that Narendra Modi coming to power could be damaging for the country. Along with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul cautioned that Modi’s ideology was against the idea of India and that the Congress would fight in a determined manner to ensure his defeat. The party on Monday fielded Madhusudan Mistry to take on Modi in Vadodara.
Asked about the dismal prospects of the Congress as being projected, Rahul debunked opinion polls. He claimed that everybody would be “surprised” when the results come.
He said this would be particularly true in Uttar Pradesh, where 80 seats are at stake.