Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will tour Gujarat today searching for the claims of development by Narendra Modi. Titled “Vikas Khoj Yatra”, the tour comes in the footsteps of Kejriwal’s recent trip to Gujarat with the same target of debunking Modi’s development claims. Kejriwal’s tour created enough public, media and police attention earning the targeted brownie points to AAP.
Today Rahul will first meet salt workers at the Rann of Kutch and then will head to Balasinor town of Kheda district for a public rally. The Rann of Kutch visit is mainly a PR exercise, to remind public about the Salt satyagraha and Congress association with freedom struggle. The exercise gains new importance in the backdrop of suggestions yesterday to Rahul from Gandhi family member, Shrikrishna Kulkarni, an AAP member from Bangalore, to not use Gandhi’s surname. We have to wait and see if Rahul chooses to say anything on the issue.
Amidst growing sharpness in Modi’s criticism of Congress and Gandhi leadership, Rahul might choose to respond in like fashion standing on Modi’s turf. Kejriwal too visited the same Kutch area in his recent tour.