Punjab Assembly Elections: Rahul Gandhi in state today, to visit Sri Harmandir Sahib with 117 candidates
This will the first visit of the Congress leader to the state since the imposition of a ban on physical rallies by the Election Commission of India at the start of the month
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be on a day-long visit to Punjab on Thursday during which he will visit religious places along with 117 candidates in an apparent show of strength ahead of Assembly elections that are due next month.
During his day-long visit, Rahul Gandhi would pay obeisance at around 9 am at Sri Harmandir Sahib along with 117 candidates in Amritsar.
Thereafter, the Congress leader will pay obeisance at Durgiana Mandir at around 10 am and at around 11 am at Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal along with all his 117 candidates.
At around 12 noon, Gandhi will travel to Jalandhar by road where he would address the virtual rally "Navi Soch Nava Punjab" at around 3 pm at White Diamond, Mithapur, Jalandhar.
The Congress government in Punjab said it will decide on the chief ministerial face after the polls, although the party said Navjot Singh Sidhu, Charanjit Singh Channi and Sunil Jakhar will lead the party to victory in Assembly polls.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has expanded its reach forming a crucial Opposition party in Punjab.
Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has launched his own party and is contesting the polls in alliance with BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt).
Congress state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu tweeted and shared his entire schedule of the day and said that the workers of the party look forward to welcoming him in the state.
"Our Visionary leader Rahul Gandhi Ji is visiting Punjab on 27th January. Every Congress worker looks forward to welcoming him in Punjab," Sidhu tweeted on Tuesday.
Our Visionary leader Rahul Gandhi Ji is visiting Punjab on 27th January. Every Congress worker looks forward to welcoming him in Punjab... pic.twitter.com/N3pDyaDYzg
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) January 25, 2022
Notably, this is the first visit of Rahul Gandhi since the imposition of a ban on physical rallies by the Election Commission of India at the start of the month.
Punjab will go to the assembly polls on 20 February. The counting of votes will take place on 10 March.
The move comes after Sonia Gandhi had raised concerns at the Congress Working Committee meeting this week over internal discussions finding their way out into the media
On 13 May, Congress leaders will travel to Udaipur to attend ‘Chintan Shivir’, a three-day brainstorming session, to deliberate on several themes including political, economical, farmers, youth and organisational issues. The last such programme was held in Jaipur in 2013
Visuals of Rahul Gandhi at a Kathmandu bar have once again put the spotlight on the Congress leader's many vacations. Who can forget his 53-day-long sabbatical in 2015 or the time he ‘disappeared’ during the anti-CAA protests?