Rahul Gandhi to kickstart Congress poll campaign in Odisha on Friday at rally near Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Congress president Rahul Gandhi is set to kickstart the party's poll campaign in Odisha on Friday at a rally near Bhubaneswar, the party said on Thursday.

Gandhi's visit comes close on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's back-to-back visits to the state.

Rahul Gandhi to kickstart Congress poll campaign in Odisha on Friday at rally near Bhubaneswar

File image of Rahul Gandhi. PTI

The visit is crucial for uniting the party cadre in the state where several senior leaders including two MLAs quit the party recently, a party leader said.

Assembly election would be held along with Lok Sabha polls in Odisha soon.

Besides addressing the rally, christened as 'Parivartan Sankalp Samavesh' at Tamando Stadium on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, the Congress chief is slated to meet intellectuals during his day-long visit in Bhubaneswar, party sources said.

He will also meet employees of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

"There is a lot of enthusiasm among party workers ahead of Rahulji's visit to the state. His visit will certainly motivate them ahead of the elections," Congress' Odisha in-charge Jitendra Singh told reporters in Bhubaneswar.

Singh, who along with Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik, inspected the venue of Gandhi's public meeting, said the AICC chief will visit Odisha every month till the elections.

Gandhi's tour follows Modi's three visits to the state since December, the latest being on 15 January to the western Odisha town of Balangir.

Modi's high-profile tours will be followed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah's tour on 29 January and 3 February, a senior party leader said.

Shah's scheduled visit to the state on 18 January was cancelled because of his illness.

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Updated Date: Jan 24, 2019 22:44:25 IST

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