From Bhatta Parsaul to Dalit homes, Rahul, party lost in all
Ravish Tiwari Posted online: Wed Mar 07 2012, 02:08 hrs
New Delhi : Most issues picked up by Rahul Gandhi and his senior
Congress leaders during the UP elections appear to have been rejected
comprehensively by the electorate relegating the party to a distant
fourth with 28 seats. The party, which had led in 95 assembly segments
during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, won only nine of those today.
* Rahul supported the farmers' agitation at Bhatta Parsaul in Jewar
assembly segment. Congress fielded Dhirendra Singh, a brick kiln owner
who shot to limelight for getting Rahul to sneak into Bhatta Parsaul
despite prohibitory orders. Singh lost to the BSP candidate by over
9,000 votes. But in Tappal in nearby Khair (SC), where farmers and
police clashed, Rahul gave the seat to the RLD which defeated the BSP
by 40,000 votes.
* Rahul went on a padyatra from Bhatta Parsaul to Aligarh where he
held a farmers' mahapanchayat. In both Aligarh and adjoining Koil
Assembly segments, Congress lost to SP.
* In Azamgarh, Salman Khurshid claimed that Sonia Gandhi wept after
seeing the pictures of the Batla House encounter. Of the 10 Assembly
segments in the district, the Congress failed to win even one while SP
won nine and BSP one.
* In Farrukhabad, Khurshid, campaigning for his wife Louise, took on
the EC on the subject of Muslim quotas. His colleague Beni Prasad
Verma, too, underlined this. The Congress failed to win even one of
the four Assembly segments here, SP won three. Khurshid's wife ranked
* Union Coal Minister and Congress MP from Kanpur Sri Prakash Jaiswal
threatened President's rule in the state if the Congress didn't get
the numbers — a view echoed by Rahul Gandhi, too. In three of the five
Assembly segments in Kanpur city, the BJP won; one went to SP, the
Congress got only one.
* As per some bizarre post-caste logic, Rahul told the world that Sam
Pitroda belonges to carpenter caste during a rally of backward classes
in Ramabai Nagar. Congress did not win a single seat in Ramabai Nagar.
* Rahul made a big show of tearing up the list of promises of
Opposition parties to woo voters in Lucknow. Congress won the Lucknow
Cantt seat among the nine seats in Lucknow, SP won seven.
* Rahul began his travel to Dalit homes from a village in the
Mauranipur assembly segment of Bundelkhand. The Mauranipur assembly
segment went to the SP and the Congress candidate was relegated to
* He formally launched his UP election campaign from Phulpur, the
erstwhile constituency of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on the birth
anniversary of Nehru last year. His speech here became the template
for the over 200 rallies he held. The SP won the Phulpur seat, the
Congress came fifth.
* Team Rahul made much of a strategy to poach into Mayawati's Dalit
votes through Rahul's "personal touch" and a high-power team led by
ex-Mayawati aide P L Punia. The Congress won only five of the 85
constituencies reserved for SC candidates.
* On February 4 in Mehdawal, Sant Kabir Nagar district, Rahul first
announced that he would not tie up with SP. He didn't need to.
Mehdawal has gone to SP and Peace Party won another seat in the
district, the Congress has drawn a blank.
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