It would be natural to assume that the relationship between the Congress party and Anna Hazare is one of mutual antagonism. The Hisar by-election would have only hardened that hostility, with the Hazare side triumphalist in declaring that the people have voted against the ruling party, while the defeated Congress could point to the intervention, if it had any impact at all, as having helped a Bharatiya Janata Party ally win.
Kuldip Bishnoi, HJC-BJP alliance candidate, celebrates his victory in by-poll in Hisar on Monday. Photo: PTI
Not surprising then that the failed bid by a group of people from Hazare’s village to meet Rahul Gandhi has led to bemusement on all sides. With the anti-corruption activist and his associates set to weigh in against the party during the Uttar Pradesh (UP) polls, perhaps the Congress party general secretary could have made some time to meet the folks from Ralegan Siddhi. On the other hand, what impact the anti-graft campaign may really have in UP is debatable.