Congress kicks off Lok Sabha poll campaign from Gujarat

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The Congress Working Committee meet is being held in Gujarat after a gap of 58 years.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said “no sacrifice is too great and no effort is too little” to keep the BJP and RSS out of power, as the the Congress Working Committee (CWC) deliberated political strategy in Ahmedabad.

Ahead of the formal launch of Congress’ poll campaign from Prime Minister Narendra Mod’s home turf of Ahmedabad, Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh told the CWC that the Congress should highlight the achievement of the UPA, especially, policies that changed the people’s lives.

He accused the Modi government of resorting to false propaganda and carrying out disastrous

Former party chief Sonia Gandhi said Prime Minister Modi played the “victim card while people are the real victims”.

“On the anniversary of Gandhi Ji’s historic Dandi March, the Congress Working Committee in Ahmedabad, resolved to defeat the RSS/ BJP ideology of fascism, hatred, anger & divisiveness. No sacrifice is too great in this endeavour; no effort too little; this battle will be won,” tweeted Mr. Gandhi while the meet was underway.

After the CWC meet, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address the Jan Sankalp rally where the party would stress on the theme of Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan.

“Once the next government takes charge there must be a White Paper on 1)Decision making & impact of Demonetisation 2)Unemployment Situation since  2014 3)GDP statistics 4)Utilisation of fuel taxes & cess 5)Use of public funds for political campaigning. India needs answers,”senior leader Ahmed Patel had tweeted on Monday.

Congress leaders paying their respects to a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

Congress leaders paying their respects to a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji

The Congress is trying bring back the political narrative on issues of  governance, agrarian and economic crisis, unemployment and lack of job creation, women safety and others.

The party’s choice of the venue and date to hold the CWC also underscores it’s political messaging. Tuesday marks the anniversary of the famous ‘Dandi March’ started by Mahatma Gandhi from Sabarmati Ashram on March 12, 1930 with a group of Satyagrahis.

Before the formal CWC deliberations started, top leaders gathered at the Sabarmati Ashram for a prayer meeting.

The CWC meeting is being held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel national memorial to stress on Sardar’s Congress legacy.
Apart from top leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, newly-appointed general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia are also attending the meet.

The CWC meeting is being held in Gujarat after a gap of 58 years. It was last held in the state at Bhavnagar in 1961.

Hardik Patel to join Congress

Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who shot to fame by spearheading quota stir in the State and is set to fight the Lok Sabha polls, will join the Congress at the meeting in the presence of Mr. Rahul Gandhi.

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