Can Rahul Gandhi's bullock cart yatra in Gujarat bolster Congress' chances?

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi after returning from his two weeks long trip to the United States, began his Gujarat assembly election campaign from Saurashtra on Monday. Much depends on whether or not Rahul Gandhi is able to topple the still invincible Modi-Shah-led BJP from their home ground Gujarat. The reply was: "the BJP led Centre could only provide one lakh jobs to the youth in one year", said Rahul. With the Patidars indicating to join hands with Congress and the leaders of other backward classes are also thinking of backing the opposition is a matter of concern for the BJP ahead of the elections.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an economist and a Congress leader, has said the economy is on a "downhill path" because of the "adventure" of demonetisation, which was implemented in November previous year.

Gandhi was accompanied by Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and state party in-charge Ashok Gehlot during his Dwarkadhish temple visit.

Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi on Monday tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the police crackdown against Banaras Hindu University (BHU) girls protesting against molestation over the weekend.

The heavily guarded Congress leader travelled mostly in a bus kitted out with a bed and washroom. Gandhi also held talks with traders and small shopkeepers. "Without asking anyone, Modiji launched a massive attack on the Indian economy".

The youth had trusted Modi when he promised two crore jobs, but that has not happened.

He then asked: "Do you get fair price for your groundnut?" It must be noted that Gandhi's Gujarat campaign comes days after the grand Rajasthan kisan andolan, in which thousands of farmers gathered to protest the governmental apathy and the agricultural distress ripping apart the monsoon-dependent sector. "They (businessmen) will get all the benefits, while you (farmers) will be jailed for not repaying loans", said Gandhi. He claimed that there is a strong undercurrent in favour of Congress in Gujarat. "By the time the poor, the farmers and the mom and pop stores could recover from this shock, came another bolt from the blue, the Goods and Services Tax (GST)", he asserted. On September 26, he will cover towns such as Dhrol and Tankara by road before reaching Rajkot.

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