We are back with a never-seenbefore unity, energy and killer instinct to wipe off the BJP in Gujarat. Normally speaking, political parties avoid confronting each other in a Rajya Sabha election and settle in for a unanimous decision by fielding as many nominees as there are vacancies. The Congress is all set to give the BJP a fitting reply. Mr Gandhi, of course, was missing from the proceedings - the import of which was not lost on observers who have seen a much diminished and marginalised Ahmed Patel operating in the lengthening shadows of the Congress heir apparent. Kerala Congress (M) leader Jose K Mani also skipped the meeting as he had a party function in Kerala.
Another NCP leader Nawab Malik said, "Yesterday the Opposition party meeting was called and as protest we did not attend the meet". Youngsters from across the country are calling me up and excited to join the Congress. But this was not just another Rajya Sabha poll which got messy because of the atmospherics, the cross voting and because the secrecy of the ballot had been compromised. This is because the electorate in a Rajya Sabha stand-off comprises seasoned politicians, who have all come up to this level after scoring a positive verdict from the general people. These MLAs, along with Shankersinh Vaghela, were removed from the party for six years on Wednesday, a day after the Rajya Sabha elections on August 8. The parallel is fallacious, simply because there is no leader of Indira Gandhi's stature in the grand old party and Ahmed Patel's re-election does not, in any way, reflect the changing political reality at the grass roots level. "All of them are well off and do not need money,"said the leader". For the sake of democracy alone, the Congress needs to reinvent itself but Congressmen and women should have the gumption to tell it like it is - that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are no longer appealing to the public. Also, crucial assembly polls are scheduled this year end in Gujarat. The Congress has to put its house in order, and concurrently project someone as its potential torch-bearer in the state.
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"They have to make amends, otherwise we will show them the way out", he stated. Former JD (U) president Sharad Yadav - now on a tour of Bihar - has already come out in open criticism of Kumar's decision to change horses mid-way to align with the saffron party. PATEL: Yes, victory matters.