Is it due to the MPCC’s inability to rope in large number of farmers to attend the kisan rally?
The Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee members are unhappy with the senior leaders for denying opportunity to MPCC President Ashok Chavan and MRCC president Sanjay Nirupam for speaking at the Kisan Rally led by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. If Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee Phool Chand Mullana had addressed the farmers despite stiff resistance from ex-Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda supporters then why was Chavan not given an opportunity to speak? Is it because MPCC failed to send enough number of farmers at the rally?
According to sources from Congress party, “When MPCC had promised to send 10,000 people to the rally, it could only manage 1,000 supporters and most of them were hailing from Marathwada. No boarding arrangements were being made for them to participate in the rally. The rally looked more like a photo-op event to bring Rahul in the limelight. Most of the people were hired from neighbouring states and they are not undertaking agricultural activities.”
“Even Sanjay Nirupam’s MRCC unit could send just one hundred workers from Mumbai to attend the rally. MPCC and MRCC failed to provide any attire to party cadre workers that would have given them a Maharashtrian identity. On the other hand, Hooda supporters had worn pink pagdi which grabbed everybody’ attention as they received compliments from high command for their show of strength. Thus HPCC unit had done their homework well ahead of the rally. The presence of Nirupam was not acknowledged by senior party workers” added another source.
The first major challenge to Nirupam, hailed as the north-Indian face of Congress in Mumbai, is set to come in the 2017 elections of Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The rally has been seen as a sort of a comeback vehicle of Rahul and a show of strength by the party, which has been strongly opposing changes in the original Land Acquisition Bill.
Chavan, credited with riding over the ‘Modi wave’ in the last Lok Sabha elections, was among the two MPs elected from Maharashtra despite the legal cases dogging him.
He has a tough task cut out for him to build up the Congress from the ruins of the last Lok Sabha and assembly debacle, challenge the might of Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party, a former ally of 15 years, and check the growing clout of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance.
The Congress, which is the single largest party in the Rajya Sabha, had blocked the Modi government’s Land Bill all of last month. Despite having a majority in Lok Sabha the Modi government lacks numbers in Rajya Sabha to pass the controversial legislation as united opposition has been stalling the bill.