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RAHUL BROUGHT THE CHARM, NOW CHIEF MINISTER ASHOK CHAVAN MUST DELIVER

rahul-chavan-4When Rahul Gandhi took the train to venues during his Mumbai visit, he rode straight into the hearts of Mumbaikars. Post his visit, political analysts say that Rahul brought the charm, now Chief Minister Ashok Chavan must deliver. It was a clever strategy, and it paid off well. Last week, it looked as if Rahul Gandhi’s Mumbai visit might be marred by Sena protests. However, by the time Rahul’s four-hour-long visit ended, the crown prince of the Congress party had already pulled off a coup of sorts – and won approval from Mumbaiites and Shiv Sainiks across the city. Instead of flying in a chopper, as planned, he drove to Andheri station and took a second-class compartment to Dadar – the Shiv Sena’s den. Then, he caught another train, for Ghatkopar, chatting with fellow commuters on the way. This was something the Sena’s strategists had not expected. The message that Rahul sought to send was that he was more interested in knowing about the ordinary Mumbaiite than fighting over what the official language of the city should be. And he got the message across without uttering a word in the media. The goodwill generated by Rahul’s visit will help the Congress score over the Sena in the ongoing tussle over the

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