Rahul to sound poll bu­gle in two states

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI - AMIT AGNIHOTRI

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.

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