Congress claims 'Amul babies' fared well in polls

Last Updated: Sat, May 14, 2011 19:22 hrs

New Delhi: Congress and Rahul Gandhi on Saturday rejected contentions that young candidates chosen by him-- whom Kerala Chief Minister had derisively dismissed as "Amul babies"--fared poorly in the Assembly elections in five states and cautioned against "instant coffee analysis."

"Any election needs to be analysed in wider perspective. It is not correct to give any such hasty analysis of elections," party spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

He also cautioned against "instant coffee analysis of election results and "disingenuous" way of analysing politics.

Dismissing reports that Gandhi's magic has failed, sources close to Gandhi said that Indian Youth Congress and NSUI candidates fielded in Assembly elections of Assam, West Bengal and Kerala have shown "remarkable success".

Kerala Chief Minister V S Achutanandan threw a barb at Rahul Gandhi with his "Amul babies" remark during the poll campaign after the Congress leader took a dig at the CPI-M stalwart over his advancing age.

Gandhi is the general secretary in-charge for both youth and student wings of the party and had played a key role in getting tickets for those belonging to the wings in the elections in line with his mission to increase participation of youth in active politics.

The sources attributed the defeat of all ten candidates belonging to these frontal organisations in Tamil Nadu and one in Pondichery to the "wave that brought AIADMK to power."

They added "the noteworthy fact is that most of the Youth Congress candidates gave tough fight and the margin was very thin."

Regarding Assam, they said it was a "clean sweep" for their candidates.

"Five candidates out of six from Youth Congress have been victorious inlcuding one woman office-bearer," they said, adding that the victory rate there was over 80 percent.

On Kerala, where Congress secured a wafer thin majority, they said that five of the total ten candidates including a tribal woman won there while in West Bengal, four of the seven candidates fielded from Youth Congress and NSUI won.

They said that the Youth Congress candidates fought some of the toughest seats in Kerala including in four against sitting ministers of Left Democratic Front government there.

They added "Youth Congress and NSUI had a better yield than the parent party...Hibi Eden, the NSUI national President won with a margin of over 32 thousand, the highest in the state."

They also cited the performance of NSUI and Youth Congress candidates in West Bengal to hammer home their point and described and attributed the defeats to contesting on "some of the toughest seats".

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"In West Bengal, four out of 7 Youth Congress- NSUI candidates won, icluding one woman office-bearer and 3 Scheduled Caste office bearers. Youth Congress fought some the toughest seats in West Bengal, including two against sitting Left Front Ministers.

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