Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched his party’s election campaign in poll-bound Rajasthan, largely regarded as a BJP bastion, on Saturday, 11 August.
Gandhi arrived at the Jaipur airport and was received by Congress general secretaries Avinash Pandey, also the in-charge of party affairs in Rajasthan, and Ashok Gehlot, and state Congress president Sachin Pilot among others.
Thousands of the party workers have gathered in the city for the Gandhi’s road show and a meeting at the Ramlila Ground, reported PTI.
In a schedule put out by Congress, Gandhi is expected to address scores of party workers and leaders at the Ramlila ground where he will reach in a specially designed bus from Jaipur airport.
Before heading to Ramlila ground, Rahul Gandhi will take a roadshow through the city of Jaipur and along the way, will stop at two of the city’s more famous temples, News18 reported.
“He will seek the blessings of Lord Ganesh and Govind Devji and then move on to Jaipur’s Ramleela Maidan, where he will address party workers and Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) delegates from across the state,” Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee’s (RPCC) General Secretary Pankaj Mehta told News18.
“He is coming here to launch the election campaign of the Congress party tomorrow. Gandhi will lead from the front; he will give the message of victory to the party workers and will tell how we are going to campaign in the next three months,” Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot told PTI.
The party president, Pilot, said he will receive a historic welcome in Rajasthan.
“Gandhi is coming to Rajasthan for the first time after becoming the Congress president. It is the city where he was elevated as the vice-president of the Congress party, so this place has a lot of significance for the party,” he told PTI.
The Rajasthan Congress chief said BJP was already anxious about losing the elections.
“The BJP has always claimed that Jaipur is a city where it remained strong, but we will prove them wrong tomorrow. The BJP is already nervous and making accusations and giving misleading statements,” he told PTI.
Gandhi is also expected to address rallies in other parts of the state, which goes to polls at the end of the year.
(With inputs from PTI)
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