Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal on Thursday launched their joint electoral campaign in Uttar Pradesh by highlighting the disconnect of state regimes. Addressing a well-attended rally here along with RLD chief Ajit Singh and the latter’s son Jayant Chaudhary, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi poked fun at NDA’s ‘India Shining’ campaign for the 2004 general election, recalling how it failed to cut ice with the electorate that went on to switch loyalties to Congress-led UPA. He also took on UP chief minister and SP'>BSP supremo Mayawati for “eating up MNREGA funds” and failing to address the plight of farmers and weavers of the state.
However, on a day when the Supreme Court cancelled all the 122 2G licences, Gandhi chose not to harp too much on the corruption charges against the SP'>BSP government. Though he did follow the template of ‘the elephant in UP feeding on money rather than leaves’, the Supreme Court’s rap to the UPA government on Thursday in the 2G case seems to have been weighing on his mind.