After the dissolution of RJD and JDU coalition in Bihar, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi made a remark that made him the butt of many jokes. Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said, “Congress’ gathbadhan with
SP in UP is still intact”.
Rahul Gandhi’s remark clearly shows that either he’s unaware about the UP election results or he’s way too optimistic.
After the mighty fall of the Mahagathbandhan of JDU-RJD in Bihar, Rahul was doing a press conference on BJP’s three years of misgovernance. On being asked about Bihar’s political situation affecting other states, Rahul Gandhi misunderstood the question and spoke about UP rather than about those states that have elections scheduled. Rahul Gandhi said, “Nitish Kumar has betrayed people’s mandate in Bihar but we won’t do that in UP. Congress and SP’s mahagathbandhan is intact and Mr. Modi and Amit Shah will not be able to break this”. Rahul further added, “Leave this aside, we still have our coalition with SP”. Obviously everyone thought he was joking but he went on to say, “Akhilesh won’t ever leave the coalition”.
Soon after this, people mocked Rahul Gandhi at will. Even BJP leader Giriraj Singh tweeted that Rahul Gandhi is still not aware about UP elections getting over.
To counter the trolling, Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha said, “Rahul Gandhi’s comments were mistaken, he wanted to say his friendship with Akhilesh Yadav will remain intact”. Despite no link to this incident, many Congress supporters are defending Rahul Gandhi with this clarification from Sanjay Jha.
Samajwadi party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav said, “I am sad to hear that their friendship will continue. Today our seats are 54, if my son stays in his company till the next elections, then it will reduce to 4 seats”.
Rahul Gandhi remained silent on the entire incident but his supporters (within and outside media) kept defending him. The bigger question here is, for how many days more does Rahul Gandhi need to be defended?