A resemblance to Pakoda politics appeared in Rahul Gandhi’s recent days ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ in Karnataka. Completely dissolved in delight of campaigning mode, the Congress Party president loved the uniqueness of his stopover at the roadside simple down-to-earth eatery in Raichur town.
His purpose was precise as he was firmly and passionately presenting a distinct political leader image. He was also involving his dedicated party men with the common people in this unusual way. He realised that the ensuing assembly elections could be won only by mustering the support of the common people.
Though that sudden stop was not in the Congress president’s planned schedule, he unexpectedly asked the bus driver to stop the vehicle on the roadside. He walked into the wide open eatery along with his security personnel. He did not stop here but sat on one of its benches for eating Pakodas and Bhajjis, popular snacks of the semi-arid region.
Being his maiden visit to the state of Karnataka these days, the Gandhi-scion has undertaken his programmed visit to the places there just for seeking the people’s blessings ahead of the state assembly elections. He was putting his political points before the people in his own four-decade-old practised way.
Like Gujarat, he has been following the practice of temple run in Karnataka too.
He is touring areas like Raichur, Kalburgi, Bidar, Yadgir falling under the Hyderabad-Karnataka region with a view to relating with the common people, poor women, uncared for children and famished farmers to boost the party’s prospects in the ensuing Karnataka assembly polls. His speeches approve his political determination.
When he learnt from the eatery owner of his daily normal income through the eating place, he made no mistake in paying a certain amount of money for serving him and about 50 party leaders and cadres on the particular occasion.