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Delhi: Congress expects large crowds at Rahul’s Mangolpuri rally today

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 27, 2013
First Published: 00:27 IST(27/10/2013) | Last Updated: 11:40 IST(27/10/2013)

The Congress party appears to be going all out to ensure Rahul Gandhi’s first rally before the Assembly elections in the city is a crowd-puller.

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On Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said she was confident that the rally would be a huge success, and added that her party anticipated huge numbers at the event.

“This is the first rally to take place before the elections where Rahulji is going to address the people of Delhi. So, we are expecting a very, very big crowd,” said Dikshit.

Senior party leaders said the Congress vice-president’s rally was likely to be compared to that of Narendra Modi held at Japanese Park in Rohini on September 29.

The rally will be held in outer Delhi’s Mangolpuri around 10am on Sunday, an area where Congress rallies have not taken place for some time. “Not many rallies have taken place there so we are expecting a huge turnout,” added the chief minister.

The leaders said that those hopeful of contesting the Delhi Assembly elections will have to “prove their mettle” at the rally by bringing as many supporters as possible from their constituencies.

The party will depute 1,400 buses, 20 each for every constituency, to bring people to the rally. The Congress is hoping for a gathering of 50,000 people for the rally. The 14 Congress district presidents of Delhi were given a list of ticket hopefuls from constituencies falling under their areas. The district presidents held meetings with the ticket seekers to bring their supporters to the rally.

“The party has also organised buses for media persons to ensure better coverage of the event,” added a leader.

With just over a month to go for the polls, this is probably one of the first major attempts made by the Delhi Congress to create a buzz among the voters.

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