Rahul Gandhi exhorts partymen in Meghalaya to work together

Rahul Gandhi exhorts partymen in Meghalaya to work together

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who kickstarted the Congress campaign for Meghalaya assembly polls on Tuesday, said that he and his family have a strong bond with the people of the North east.which he enjoys renewing and strengthening with every visit.

"Frankly, I have come here on an election campaign but it does not feel like an election campaign to me, because of the love and affection", Mr. Gandhi said at musical festival here in Polo grounds.

He would address public meetings and interact with the public. "We are all proud of you", Rahul said after attending a concert called "Celebration for Peace" on Tuesday evening, organised by the Congress to kick off its Meghalaya campaign.

Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said the Congress will emerge as the victor in the by-polls conducted in the Ajmer and the Alwar Lok Sabha constituencies and Mandalgarh assembly seat in the state that went to polls on January 29.

Asked about the proposal of the Modi government of holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls, Gehlot said: "The Prime Minister is scared of anti-incumbency wave in the BJP-ruled states, including Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh so the Modi government wants to organize simultaneous polls but the Congress will win whether the elections are conducted together or not".

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The elections in Meghalaya will be held on February 27 this year.

CM Siddaramaiah and AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal met minister Satish Jarikiholi, who is said to have expressed his displeasure over recent developments in the party.

This initiative by the state congress is seen as counter to BJP s concept of having "Page Pramukh" or "Panna Pramukh", who will be in charge of about 30 voters on each page of the voters list. The bus will be fitted with additional facilities and get a facelift as well to match the local flavor before commencement of the tour according to a senior leader of the ruling Congress.

Gandhi's appeal assumed significance as former cabinet minister A L Hek had joined the BJP while five others including veteran leader and former deputy chief minister Rowell Lyngdoh had switched over to the National People's Party.

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