Mumbai, Dec 6: A poll-weary Prime Minister rendra Modi has filly acknowledged that Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi as a ‘serious competitor’ as the Gujarat battle enters the fil stages, the Shiv Se said on Wednesday.
Modi filly admits Rahul is rival: Shiv Se
Dismissed as a ‘Pappu’ barely four years back, Gandhi had now emerged as a leader in his own right and he was now ‘the Man to Watch’ for the ruling Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP), the Se said in its mouthpieces ‘Saama’ and ‘Dopahar Ka Saama’.
“Whatever be the outcome in Gujarat, after the recent results in Uttar Pradesh civic polls, it is suspected that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are the biggest strength of the BJP,” the Se said. “Yet, Rahul has proved that he is no more a ‘Pappu’ and the BJP must accept this magnimously. There can be differences and fights over ideology which are settled by elections. But creating an atmosphere that ‘nobody should oppose or stand against you in politics’ is shocking. Under such gloomy circumstances, Rahul is taking over as Congress President,” said the edits. Attacking its ally in Maharashtra and at the Centre, the Se said the BJP had started attacking and belitting Gandhi’s (expected) elevation as Congress President by labelling it as ‘Aurangzeb Raj’ and it had raised a hue and cry over Gandhi visiting a temple. (IANS)