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Rahul to launch campaign from village where Indira, Rajiv, Sonia started

IANS  |  Lal Dungri (South Gujarat) 

Rahul on Thursday launches his 2019 election campaign from the same tribal Lal Dungri village in Gujarat's Dharampur where his grandmother Indira in 1980, his father in 1984 and his mother in 2004 started and romped home to power.

The party believes Lal Dungri (translated as Red Onion) brings good omen for it to rule the country. Many remote villages in this South region recognise only the Congress' hand symbol and remember only former

Not losing out on the fact that the attaches historic importance to this region, the moved in Minister from neighbouring to Dharampur on Wednesday, a day ahead of Rahul Gandhi's Jan Akrosh Rally, to galvanise over 4,000 party workers at a 'cluster meeting' of the party's rank and file in presence of

The meeting, held at in Dharampur, was to address party workers of three Lok Sabha constituencies in South dominated by Adivasis.

Fadnavis told party workers that and his government had got a clean chit on the fighter jet deal from the (CAG) while the leaders' hands were sullied in AugustaWestland chopper deal.

Rahul Gandhi, meanwhile, was expected to make a strong statement against land acquisition for the bullet train in this region where angry farmers who are losing their fertile fields are locked in a battle with the government, the matter now awaiting a judgment in the High Court.

Sources say there is also a move to hold a meeting of the party's highest decision making body, the (CWC), in South Gujarat to demonstrate the importance the party gives to the state.

The decision to choose Gujarat over the Congress ruled states is a pointer in this direction.

This is besides choosing to walk in the footsteps of Indira Gandhi, and in Lal Dungri.

Though Fadnavis' Dharampur visit was announced by the party only on Tuesday, BJP Gujarat insisted their meeting had been fixed earlier than the Congress rally.

The Congress party had announced to hold its 'Jan Akrosh' rally from here on February 6.

The Congress has pulled out all stops for the Lal Dungri rally and the state unit has galvanised its 75 legislators to ensure a big show.

and of Opposition Paresh Dhanani have been camping in the district to oversee the preparations.



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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 10:00 IST