With Narendra Modi breathing down his neck, Rahul Gandhi admits election defeat

Written by PTI | Rajkot | Updated: Oct 5 2013, 00:25am hrs
Rahul GandhiRahul Gandhi told his partymen that Congress was capable of wining elections in Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's backyard. PTI
With Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi having acquired juggernaut-like momentum, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today dropped yet another bombshell.

Rahul Gandhi, the Congress scion, reportedly told the party workers from Saurashtra region that 2014 elections were not a "do-or-die" situation.

"We should overcome our weaknesses and highlight our strengths among the people," Jamnagar Congress MP Vikram Madam quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying.

Rahul Gandhi, who is on two-day visit to Gujarat, is meeting Congress workers from Saurashtra and North Gujarat here today.

Media persons were not allowed to be present at the meeting.

According to Madam, Rahul Gandhi told the workers that "we should not worry about 2014 elections - it is not a do or die situation and after the 2014 general election there would be no doubt about the party's existence, as Congress is a permanent political party".

Speaking in Ahmedabad yesterday, Rahul Gandhi had said that Congress was going to win the 2014 elections.

As per Madam, the Congress vice president asked the workers to work hard to strengthen the party in Gujarat and said, "We should not keep 2014 elections in mind, but serve the people. Highlight UPA government's initiatives like RTI (Right to Information) and RTF (Right to Food).

"We should not be power-oriented and the party is able to serve the people even without being in power," Rahul Gandhi was quoted to have said.

Meanwhile, state Congress chief Arjun Modhvadiya said that Rahul Gandhi's Gujarat visit boosted the morale of Congress leaders and workers.

Modhvadiya said that Rahul Gandhi told the partymen that Congress was capable of wining elections in Gujarat, but it needed to be strong in the state.