March 21, 2023

Rahul Gandhi returns from abroad, reviews poll preparedness | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With assembly polls around the corner, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is back in action after returning from his foreign visit.
The former Congress president held several election-related meetings on Monday to review the party’s strategy in Goa.
According to PTI, Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar and Legislature Party Leader Digambar Kamat have been called to Delhi to discuss the party’s possible alliances in the state.
Rahul had been absent from the political scene for the last few days as he went abroad during the New Year.
Since his return last night, the Congress leader has held meetings with senior members KC Venugopal and P Chidambaram and reviewed the party’s preparations and strategy for polls in Goa.
The Congress, which has a tie-up with the Goa Forward Party, is also eyeing an alliance with other opposition parties in the state to ensure its victory.
The Trinamool Congress, which recently welcomed a number of Congress leaders, had also indicated that all opposition forces should unite against the BJP.
It is unclear whether the Congress and TMC are planning to join hands in Goa.
The Congress is seeking to topple the BJP government in Goa. It had emerged as the single-largest party in the coastal state in 2017 but the BJP managed to form a government with the help of post-poll alliances.
According to sources, Rahul is expected to hold similar meetings for other poll-bound states of Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur.
The party’s central election committee will also meet soon to finalise the candidates for the assembly elections in the five states.
Elections in the five states will begin on February 10 and conclude on March 7. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in seven phases from February 10 to March 7 while Manipur will vote in two phases on February 27 and March 3. Voting in Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa will be held in a single phase on February 14.
(With inputs from PTI)

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