Rahul Gandhi will begin a two-day visit to Assam on Monday as the Congress looks to revive lost ground in four key districts in the state ahead of its elections due this summer.
Rahul sounds the poll bugle to counter the surging Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which kicked off its campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Dibrugarh and the party chief Amit Shah’s rally at Nagaon in the first week of February.
The Congress has pinned hopes on Rahul’s visit to the districts of Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Jorhat and Sivasagar to give the national party a much needed boost as it struggles in its strongholds elsewhere.
The BJP surge is worrying for the Congress, a fact reflected in Rahul’s itinerary. The Congress vice president will be addressing party workers at locations that were once its forte. In the past decade, the BJP has made inroads in these base locations, showing strength in the entire upper and Northern Assam during the last Lok Sabha poll. BJP had won in all the five Parliamentary constituencies in upper and northern Assam.
“Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the state will certainly boost party workers’ morale for the assembly election,” said Anjan Dutta, president of Pradesh Congress committee.
From tea workers to micro businesses, Rahul will move through the four districts and hold sessions with locals. He will also meet with members of the National Students Union of India in upper Assam districts.
“At Gahpur, Rahul Gandhi will address micro booth management committee workers of three assembly segments in Sonitpur district,” Dutta said.
In Lakhimpur district, Rahul will also address a Mahila Jagaran Samaroh meeting. “Tremendous enthusiasm prevails among our women cell members over Rahul Gandhi’s visit. This will certainly enthuse moral boosting to our workers ahead of the assembly election,” Bhupen Bora, Congress MLA from the Bihupriya constituency said.
On day two of the visit, Rahul is expected to cover six kilometers in a padayatra from Rangghar to Durbar in Sivasagar town, Dutta added.