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Rahul may launch state poll campaign

With Maharashtra going to polls soon, the Congress is leaving no stone unturned to improve its position. Party sources say two events are likely to take place in the coming days to boost the party’s chances in the state, report Dharmendra Jore & Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2009 01:34 IST
Dharmendra Jore/Saroj Nagi

With Maharashtra going to polls soon, the Congress is leaving no stone unturned to improve its position.

Party sources say two events are likely to take place in the coming days to boost the party’s chances in the state.

First, the party’s young leader Rahul Gandhi may tour the state. Second, the Congress is likely to hold a convention of its national executive body in Mumbai.

Buoyed by a stunning show in the Lok Sabha polls, the state Congress is looking forward to party’s young leader Rahul Gandhi to wield his magic wand for the Assembly elections.

Party sources said Rahul was expected to tour the state extensively starting this month.

His mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi is also expected to tour the state. The duo’s Lok Sabha rallies held in several regions has evoked strong response. The Congress won 17 Lok Sabha seats from Maharashtra.

State Congress general secretary Sanjay Dutt said the two leaders were likely to address the culmination ceremony of the ongoing ‘awareness tour’ by state unit president Manikrao Thakre.

“The tour may happen soon, depending on availability of dates in view of the ongoing Parliamentary sessions,” said Dutt.

The Congress is likely to hold a meeting of its national executive, the All India Congress Committee, in Mumbai in August.

The meeting would aim to give a boost to its workers and exert pressure on its NCP ally as it bids for power for a third consecutive term.

No date has been fixed for the one-day conclave that includes leaders from the Centre and the states. The meeting is meant to thank voters for bringing the Congress-led UPA to power at the Centre and re-energise its workers for the crucial polls.