Lok Sabha elections 2019: Patidar Leader Hardik Patel joins Congress
Today, the Congress party will give a final shape to its strategy for the Lok Sabha elections. Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will also address a rally in Gujarat.
Hardik Patel. File photo: PTI
Top Congress leadership Tuesday paid their respect to Mahatma Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram, ahead of launching the party's poll campaign for the Lok Sabha elections.
Party leaders led by its chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, former prime minister Manmohan Singh sought to give a symbolic message to the people of the country ahead of the general elections by remembering Mahatma and his ideals of non-violence and tolerance.
Other party leaders like A K Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, former chief ministers Siddaramaiah, Tarun Gogoi, Harish Rawat and Oommen Chandy attended a prayer meeting at the Sabarmati Ashram.
Patidar leader Hardik Patel joins the Congress at the meeting in the presence of party chief Rahul Gandhi.
The Election Commission on Sunday set the ball rolling for the crucial Lok Sabha electoral battle by announcing the schedule — voters will get to elect their leaders in seven polling phases from April 11 to May 19. In the run-up to the polls, all political parties have been running their campaigns to canvass voters. While the BJP is asserting that it has fulfilled its 2014 Lok Sabha poll promises under the leadership of “karmyogi” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress is doing all it can to prevent the prime minister from getting a second term.