Tight security arrangement in Shillong for Sonia's visit

Published on Apr 12, 2004 06:42 PM IST

Tight security arrangement has been made for Sonia Gandhi's visit to Meghalaya's West Garo Hills for an election campaign meeting on Tuesday.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Shillong

Tight security arrangement has been made for Congress President Sonia Gandhi's visit To Meghalaya's West Garo Hills district town Tura for an election campaign meeting on Tuesday.

Gandhi, the first high-profile politician coming to Meghalaya for electioneering, would address a public meeting in Tura at 12 noon after landing from Assam and then fly back to Mongoldoi town in the neighbouring state, official sources said in Shillong on Monday.

Tight security arrangement has been made in view of the Congress president's visit in the West Garo Hills, where the outlawed Achik National Volunteers' Council militant group is active.

Gandhi's election rally in Tura was significant in the sense that the constituency was witnessing a straight fight between Nationalist Trinamool Congress leader Purno A Sangma, who was raking up her foreign origin issue and other 'misdeeds' of her party, and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma.

The former Lok Sabha Speaker was seeking re election from this remote seat for a record eighth time.

The Congress President's visit to Tura was significant as she chose to skip the Shillong constituency regarded as a Congress stronghold.

Gandhi's would be the first visit by a national level political leader for electioneering in the state as BJP brought in filmstars Mukesh Khanna and Suresh Oberoi earlier for canvassing.

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