Congress to invite national leaders for poll rallies in Jharkhand

RANCHI: Upbeat over its victory in Kolebira assembly bypoll less than a week ago, the state unit of is set to ramp up its preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly polls next year.
RPN Singh, the national in-charge of Congress in , on Wednesday announced that the party will organise rallies across the state between January 14 and February 20 and raise the pitch against BJP-led NDA governments at the Centre and in Jharkhand.

Speaking to media persons at the party?s state headquarters here, Singh said rallies have been scheduled in Chandankyari (Bokaro), Gumla, Deoghar, Palamu and Hazaribag. He stressed senior leaders from Congress?s national leadership and political heavyweights from different states will be invited to address these rallies. The public engagement camapaigns come amid speculations that Congress is gearing up to contest alone in all 14 parliamentary and 80 assembly seats during next year?s elections in case its proposed Mahagatbandhan (grand alliance) with JMM, JVM-P, RJD and other parties does not take off.

Singh, however, avoided questions on whether the party?s national president will attend any of these public meetings. While BJP national president Amit Shah has frequented Jharkhand since the saffron party took over the reigns at the Centre in 2014, Gandhi has not visited the state since campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls ended.

Congress functionaries in Jharkhand, cutting across its rank and file, have been stressing that Gandhi?s appearance at a public rally can add steam into the party?s state unit in its preparations for 2019 polls.

Singh announced that Congress will ramp up issues of para-teachers, hunger deaths, mob-lynching, unemployment, rising number of crimes against women, corruption, ill-effects of demonetization and GST and government?s efforts to bring in laws that will pave way for acquisition of tribal land. Upping the ante against Das government on the eve of its fourth anniversary in office, Singh said: ?We will bring out a document compiling the lies the BJP told the people in their election manifesto. For instance, the BJP had claimed that all households in Jharkhand will have round the clock electricity. Has the promise been fulfilled? No. There are many such false promises.?

Amid growing speculations on the future of the proposed Mahagatbandhan, Singh said Congress will sit down with all like minded parties and finalize seat sharing agreements after Makar Sankranti (January 15).

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