Rahul to sound poll bugle in two states
RAHUL Gandhi is set to launch two mega campaigns in Rajasthan and Gujarat on February 14 ahead of the national polls. After addressing a national conclave of the Sewa Dal in Ajmer, Rajasthan, the Congress chief would address a farmers’ rally in Valsad, Gujarat on February 14. Rahul is expected to urge the revamped Sewa Dal to counter the BJP and its mentor RSS across the country by highlighting the Congress’ ideology and urge the frontal unit to reach out to the voters. Sewa Dal was formed by Jawaharlal Nehru and NS Hardik in 1923 and soon became a strong force of volunteers. However, it has been lying low for decades now. The group’s decline also marked the widening of the gap between the Congress and the voters as the Grand Old Party shrunk across states. “Rahul will give us a renewed mandate,” said Sewa Dal chief Lalji Desai, adding that the party would also strive to reclaim legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. That kind of explains the link between the two events. Valsad, in south Gujarat is significant as former party chiefs Indira and Sonia had started campaigns from here which brought Congress to power in the state.