New Delhi: The Congress party kick started its campaign for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on Tuesday with a high-profile strategy meeting in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat. To discuss the strategy for the general elections, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is being held at Vallabhbhai Patel’s national memorial in Ahmedabad. Party president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, newly-appointed Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and former prime minister Manmohan Singh are among the attendees.
The meeting would be followed by a mega rally at Adalaj town in Gandhinagar where Priyanka Gandhi is expected to address her first public rally, after being given the charge of 41 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh East. The Congress is expecting a crowd of over three lakh people in the home turf of Modi and BJP president Amit Shah ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, a party leader told news agency PTI.
Before the CWC meet, senior party leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, as well as current and former party chief ministers visited the Gandhi Ashram and attended a prayer meet. The leaders paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi as March 12 marks the launch of the historic Dandi March by him from the Sabarmati Ashram here in 1930.
Notably, CWC, the highest decision-making body of the Congress, is meeting in Gujarat, the stronghold of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for the first time since 1961, after a gap of 58 years. The day-long program of the Congress party comes just two days after the Election Commission announced the date for the Lok Sabha polls.
Notably, this will be Rahul Gandhi’s second visit to Gujarat within a month in the run-up to the polls. Earlier, he had addressed a rally in Valsad district on February 14.