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Rahul Gandhi to provide ammo to Congress against BJP during Mumbai visit

With an eye on 2019 polls, the Congress chief will address party workers at Goregaon and launch booklets highlighting failures of the Centre

mumbai Updated: Jun 12, 2018 13:39 IST
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses the national convention of Other Backward Classes (OBC) department of AICC, at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on June 11, 2018.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses the national convention of Other Backward Classes (OBC) department of AICC, at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on June 11, 2018. (HT PHOTO)

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will launch in Mumbai on Tuesday a campaign against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

The plan is to get workers or foot soldiers to fight the BJP on booth-level and go door-to-door to “expose the BJP government”. Gandhi will address 9,500 workers and 5,500 workers-cum-officer bearers at Mumbai Exhibition Centre in Goregaon. He will also launch a digital campaign against the BJP, targeting them on alleged corruption by the state government.

At the meeting, Gandhi will unveil booklets targeting the Centre and state (see box) on various issues. The workers will be encouraged to use these booklets to convince voters. “We will print 5 lakh copies of the booklets. They are self-explanatory. They highlight how the BJP-led governments have failed,” said Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam.

The workers will also get a dedicated mobile number using which they can stay in touch with the party president on WhatsApp. “After its launch in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, Project Shakti will be launched in Maharashtra on Tuesday. The aim is to give strength to the ground-level worker. We want to boost their morale ahead of the elections,” he said.

In the booklets, the Congress has highlighted corruption allegations against 14 ministers of the state government – alleged scam in chikki purchase in women and child welfare, TDR scam in housing, pulses scam in civil supplies, denotification of land by industries department, among others. Another booklet highlights the contrast between the spending of the civic body and the state-of-affairs on ground in Mumbai.

After the meeting, Gandhi will meet Congress corporators in the BMC. He will also visit the family of Dadaji Khobragade, the farmer credited with developing a number of varieties of rice in Chandrapur, on Wednesday morning. Dadaji, who was felicitated by the state and central governments for his innovations, died recently. Gandhi, who will land in the city at 8am, will first appear in a Bhiwandi court in connection with a defamation case filed by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker.