I was amused on reading Rahul Gandhi’s statement in Rajasthan that the Congress unites and the BJP divides people (October 24), in view of what the Congress has done in Andhra Pradesh. Everybody knows that it is political parties that divide people on the basis of caste, community, religion, region, urban-rural and so on. All agitations and campaigns are initiated, nurtured, sponsored and sustained by politicians and political parties.

K. Venkata Rao,

Secunderabad

Rahul Gandhi’s emotional pitch — referring to his grandmother’s and father’s assassinations and saying even he may be targeted — was obviously meant to gain sympathy. Such tactics may boomerang on him. It is evident that Rahul lacks leadership qualities. He is unable to come up with a political agenda to shape India’s future. All he does is to chant the same old mantra — of accusing the BJP of dividing the country on communal lines. Rahul’s desperate attempt to sway people with his emotional rhetoric falls flat.

H.R. Bapu Satyanarayana,

Mysore

Rahul appears to be confused. That a Prime Minister aspirant should make an emotional speech, referring to his relatives, during electioneering, instead of talking about the problems and issues facing the country, is surprising. His party’s declining popularity seems to have made him desperate.

P. Raghunath,

Hyderabad

Rahul might have mentioned his grandmother’s killing to create a sympathy wave. Instead of trying to garner support by attacking the BJP, it may be more useful if he tells us what he intends doing about corruption and scams that have tarnished the image of his party.

E. Rajakumar Arulanandham,

Palayamkottai

Rahul’s claim that he too may be killed one day like his father and grandmother was a poor strategy. He had nothing to say on the rising prices, inflation, poor growth rate and a host of problems the aam aadmi is facing, or the strategy to tackle them. The Congress vice-president is yet to mature as a leader. It is time his advisers woke up.

S.V. Venkatakrishnan,

Bangalore

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