Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will address a rally in Telangana on Thursday in a bid to strengthen party roots in South India and counter Bharatiya Janata Party’s surge in the nation. The senior Congress leader is likely to take on the BJP-led government at the Centre and the TRS administration in Telangana, during his rally, reported news agency PTI. He will reach the Begumpet airport in the afternoon and garland a statue of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and greet Congress workers at different places in the city before reaching Sangareddy in the evening, according to his schedule released by the state Congress.
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The rally has been named ‘Telangana Praja Garjana’ which means roar of Telangana people and Congress hopes that it will help boost the morale of party rank and file in their fight against the TRS government, Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy had said earlier. The rally will be organised at The Ambedkar Stadium at Sangareddy which is of major significance for the party. It is the same place where former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi addressed a public meeting in 1979 and led the Congress back to power in the 1980 general elections. “Therefore, Rahul Gandhi’s address from the same location after 38 years would be of historic significance and of very high sentimental value,” Reddy had said.
Meanwhile, Congress has already announced that chief minister K Siddharamaiah will be the party’s face in the Karnataka Assembly polls. The party also asked the state Home Minister G Parameshwara to quit the Cabinet and devote himself to his duties as PCC chief. “The Congress president and vice president have decided that the coming election of the state will be fought under the leadership of K Siddharamaiah, the present chief minister of Karnataka,” a statement from AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.