Sensing the damage the news could do in the majority Hindu state, Gujarat, during the elections, the Congress came up with a claim that Rahul is a janeu-dhari (the one who wears Brahminical thread) Hindu.
Rahul Gandhi also hinted that there are certain people within the Congress who were working against the party during the Gujarat assembly elections and promised that action will be taken against them. "The party will vigrously carry forward its legacy of struggle", he said.
"I want to congratulate all workers for a well-fought election".
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"I have given outside support and as of now I have not joined the BJP", he said in reply to a question.
The Congress president further added that his sole mission in the election was to boost the confidence in the Gujarat Congress that they can defeat the BJP. Indeed, the figures show that, of the 77 seats the Congress could win, it got just four seats of the 36 in the four major cities - all in Ahmedabad, getting a big zero in the rest of the three, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot. We saw the results.
Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too had targeted the Congress president over his temple visits in Gujarat and termed it an election gimmick to garner Hindu votes.
Briefing reporters about the first meeting of the party's highest decision-making body chaired by Rahul Gandhi, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that members recalled the struggle party had done in the years it had been out of power including between 1977 and 1980 and between 1999 and 2004.