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Rejecting the idea of a united opposition as "a myth", he said that the Congress is a one-family party while his Bharatiya Janata Party is a cadre-based party.

Battlelines drawn for Tuesday's crucial Rajya Sabha election, two meetings will be held in Gujarat at 2 this afternoon.

"We have to understand we are up against Modi, Shah". He said that in today's India, the age-old formula and slogans would not work. "India has changed, the Congress party has to change".

Commenting on uncertainty whether Rahul Gandhi will take over as the Congress President, the former Union Minister expressed hope that the Gandhi scion will take the reins of the party before the end of 2017. I thought it will happen in 2016, it didn't happen. That's all. In 2018 and 2019 you will be busy with elections.

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Ramesh, however, added that a collective effort is the only answer. We have to completely redo the way of thinking, the way of acting, the way of projecting, the way of communicating. We must recognize this is a big challenge.

The Congress leader further said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to ally with the BJP was a "completely betrayal of the mandate" of the people.

As the Rajya Sabha polls to three seats from Gujarat are set to be held on Tuesday, BJP president Amit Shah, who is also contesting and is all set to make his debut in Parliament, arrived in Ahmedabad late on Saturday.

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