Short one while Offstumped is on sabbatical. Rahul Gandhi did the usual rounds of tribal hamlets in Karnataka tom-tomming his commitment to Tribal issues (see Offstumped post on Rahul’s non-existent record in ever doing anything on tribal issues). The bigger story from Karnataka however was Rahul Gandhi’s visit but his sidestepping questions on projecting a Dalit Chief Minister while Mallikarjuna Kharge looked on. Since the return of S.M. Krishna to active politics, the simmering faultline in the Karnataka Congress has re-emerged. This feud may very well end up be the Congress’ bane in the run up to the elections.

Meanwhile Oily Moily, out of favor from Karnataka and busy currying political favor to the Congress Chief and Heir-apparent has been training his guns on Mr. Advani on the Kandahar episode and his memoirs.

Offstumped Wake Call to the Congress:

From Abhishek Singhvi to Veerappa Moily the Congress spokespersons stand guilty of not just utterly lacking in grace but in fact handing a slap in the face of terror victims. When the Congress faces the voters in 2008 and 2009 the BJP’s handling of Kandahar is not on the ballot. What is on the ballot however is the UPA’s Anti-Terrorism record from 2004 to 2009. If the Congress believes it can make this about “who has a worse terror record” it is grossly mistaken. The terror victims from Mumbai to Malegaon, Varnasi to Hyderabad need justice and they are not likely to be amused by wisecracks from Congress clowns.

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Offstumped is written by Yossarin from the Indian National Interest

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