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In Sonia’s footsteps: Rahul to lead rally against AAP govt, Centre today

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will lead a rally in the national capital on May 28 against Delhi’s AAP government and BJP-led NDA government at the Centre over power cuts and water shortage in the city.

delhi Updated: May 28, 2016 10:26 IST
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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will lead a march against the Delhi government and Centre on M ay 28, 2016, on the issues of power cuts and water shortage in the national capital.(PTI File Photo)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi might just hit two birds with one stone when he takes out a rally in the national capital on Saturday against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government and BJP-led NDA over power cuts and water shortage in the city.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Maken on Friday called on party workers to congregate at Raj Ghat and participate in the rally to boost strength.

Earlier this week, Maken said Gandhi will lead a rally to the administrative headquarters of the city government at around 6:30 pm.

“Rahul ji will lead the Mashal Juloos (torch light procession) against Power/Water woes- And the apathy of Governments in Delhi on 28th May from Rajghat at 6:30 PM,” he posted on Twitter.

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The Congress holds that the power and water woes in Delhi were due to the “constant clashes” between AAP and BJP, and the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s “habit” of locking horns with the Centre on each and every issue.

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The tussle between the Delhi’s chief minister and lieutenant governor has become a common occurrence as Kejriwal demands that the state government be given complete authority over the running of the capital. However, given that Delhi also functions as the nerve-centre for the union government, certain aspects, including law and order, remain under the Centre’s purview, handled by the lieutenant governor.

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For the Congress, the AAP-BJP discord provides it a chance to regain some of its lost ground among the Delhi electorate. Prior to AAP’s stellar mandate in the Delhi elections last year, as well as the BJP’s sweep to power in the 2014 general elections, the Congress was in power for a decade.

In the past year, the grand old party – which is the principal opposition in the Lok Sabha – has also taken to carrying out rallies against the NDA and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their policies, administration, and attack on the Congress, led from the front by party chief Sonia Gandhi herself.

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