Rahul is symbolic of the youth's momentum: Cong

Party says LDF will soon be "history" in Kerala


Sweta Ranjan | April 11, 2011

The Congress on Monday came down heavily on Kerala chief minister and Left Democratic Front leader of poll-bound Kerala V S Achuthanandan for calling Rahul Gandhi "Amul baby".

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, "People who are going to become history soon should not be making such comments. This is an insult to the youth of India, which represents resurgence. It is an insult to resurgence, momentum and energy. No other party has young members like Rahul Gandhi."

Talking about the ongoing assembly elections, Singhvi said that the left's time was up in Kerala.

"Despite anti-incumbency factor, the party is putting its best foot forward. The Congress is standing tall and proud. These elections will show that Congress is the only pan-indian party of significance in Tamil Nadu and other states," Singhvi said of the party's prospects in Tamil Nadu.

"We will ring in stability and governance to Assam and we will add them to the mainstream as we have done in the past," he said.

Asked about whether the Congress was amenable to offering DMK supremo Karunanidhi the post of chief minister of Tamil Nadu though the leader was the same age as Achuthanandan, the Congress spokesperson said that it was too premature to discuss such things as the allies will agree on the arrangement after the polls.

On the issue of video recording and broadcasting the functioning of the joint committee on the Lokpal billl he said, "Congress will object the videography of the entire process of redrafting of the Lokpal Bill with the joint committee. It will not be possible."

He said that the expectations of civil society of having the proceedings broadcasted amounted to "starry-eyed romanticism."



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