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The Gandhi effect
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi may have failed to make much impact on the electors of many states, but he has ensured that party leaders followed his favourite dress code — white kurta pyjama and sleeveless black jacket. In most public appearances, both Hooda senior and junior, many Congress leaders in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have started wearing the same dress code. Recently, Haryana's public relations department sent pictures of Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his MP son Deepender Hooda attending separate functions in Delhi wearing the same dress.
The brouhaha over Haryana's one-upmanship viz-a-viz Gujarat is dead. Before Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was to visit Gujarat to campaign, the public relation department had gone overboard comparing the agrarian state with Narendra Modi's state. The whole effort was aimed at drowning Modi's claim of development. But the Congress high command granted only a day for Hooda to campaign in Gujarat. After Modi return to power, those who had been sending press notes from different emails in Haryana went silent. "After the results, what remains is deafening silence," said a Hooda detractor.
OBC Haryana chief minister?
If Haryana succeeds in pushing its recommendation of reservation for Jats, then the state cabinet will soon have only three ministers from the upper caste. Currently, there are only three upper caste ministers other than Jats. If Jats make it to the list of backward classes, then another major demand of the OBCs will be met, as they will have the chief minister from their own ranks. This will not only steal HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi's thunder, who had been claiming to be the leader of non-Jats, but also dampen the spirits of Power Minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, who had always been staking his claim to the top position as a non-Jat. Hooda will also enjoy another first-to-be — the CM from both Jat and OBC categories.