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No takers for Rahul in national capital

Despite the presence of its poster boy Rahul Gandhi, the rally held in support of the party candidates at Dakshinpuri in South Delhi on Sunday proved to a damp squib.

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit had to pull the megaphone to urge the thin crowd to stay back to hear Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. The rally was held in a Congress stronghold as almost all the neighbouring constituencies were won by the ruling party in the last assembly polls. ‘If such is the response here, party is going to face a tough time,’ said a Congress worker.

The rally had stalwarts like former union minister Buta Singh, South Delhi MP Ramesh Kumar (brother of strongman Sajjan Kumar), Delhi Pradesh Congress president JP Agarwal, AICC general-secretary Shakeel Ahmed in addition to Gandhi and Dikshit present on the stage. An angry Dikshit was seen admonishing her aides and colleagues for poor attendance, including a very thin media presence. She even urged cops to open media enclosure to common rallyists as empty enclosures in the front sent a wrong message.

When asked above thin attendance, a rally participant from Okhla said, ‘Though we will vote for Congress the fact remains that this government has failed to check prices of vegetables and other commodities. People are annoyed with Congress’s failure to check prices.’ This was Rahul Gandhi’s second rally in the city, the first being at Mangolpuri. While the Mangolpuri rally was compound adversely with BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally in the neighbouring area of Rohini, the attendance at the Sunday rally was considerably thinner.

Rahul Gandhi on Sunday finished his election speech into six minutes as rally participants has begun leaving the venue as soon as he started to speak.
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