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PM, Sonia campaign in Assam

"Their visit on the eve of the polls is definitely going to have an impact on the voters," CM Tarun Gogoi said.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 21:09 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be visiting Assam to give the ruling party a major push in the Assembly elections next month.

While Gandhi will be visiting the state on Thursday for a day, the Prime Minister will arrive for a two-day visit on Saturday.

The Prime Minister will address at least four meetings, including one at Tezpur in northern Assam, the heart of the opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)-dominated area from where its president Brindaban Goswami is contesting.

The Congress president is expected to address at least four election rallies, beginning with one at Silchar in southern Assam where Bithika Dev, the wife of Central minister Santosh Mohan Dev, is the party candidate.

She is also scheduled to address poll rallies in Nazira and Jorhat in eastern Assam, and at Chaygaon near Guwahati.

"Their visit to the state on the eve of the polls is definitely going to have an impact on the voters," Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.

The AGP is also engaged in an aggressive campaigning with former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh scheduled to address a series of meetings on Thursday across Assam.

"People are beginning to look for a change and the tide is in our favour," AGP president Goswami said.

Assam goes to the polls on April 3 and 10 to elect a 126-member legislature.