Rahul Gandhi to officially kick off Congress' Lok Sabha poll campaign in West Bengal on Saturday
AICC president Rahul Gandhi will officially kick off the party's Lok Sabha poll campaign in West Bengal on Saturday.
Kolkata: AICC president Rahul Gandhi will officially kick off the party's Lok Sabha poll campaign in West Bengal on Saturday with a rally at Chachal in Malda district.
"Campaigning has started in 11 seats where we have announced candidates. But tomorrow, our party president Rahul Gandhi will officially launch the poll campaign of Bengal. He will also give out a message for our party workers," state Congress president Somen Mitra said in Kolkata on Friday.
The rally comes in the backdrop of the Left Front-Congress seat sharing deal falling apart in the state and both the sides deciding to go it alone.
The Congress so far has announced candidates in 11 Lok Sabha seats of the state including Raiganj and Murshidabad which were won by CPM in 2014 general elections.
The CPM-led Left Front on the other hand has announced candidates in 40 seats including Malda North and Jangipur Lok Sabha that the Congress had won last time.
The Congress had emerged victorious in four seats in the state in 2014. Apart from Malda North and Jangipur, the party bagged Malda South and Baharampur parliamentary seats.
The venue of Rahul Gandhi's rally falls under the Malda North constituency. The Congress MP of the seat, Mausam Benazir Noor, has quit the party and is contesting on a Trinamool Congress ticket this time.
Noor, who is the niece of the late Congress stalwart ABA Ghani Khan Chowdhury, has been a two-time MP of the Congress.
Malda has been known as a stronghold of the Congress for several decades due to developmental work done by Ghani Khan Chowdhury during his tenure as railway minister in the '80s.
Earlier this week, the BJP MLAs from Bagda and Bishnupur, Biswajit Das and Tanmoy Ghosh, had joined Mamata Banerjee's party
Addressing the foundation day of the All India Mahila Congress, Gandhi said that the ideology of the Congress was completely opposite of the BJP-RSS and only one of the two ideologies can rule the country.
Fernandes, a former Union minister and Rajya Sabha member, died at a private hospital in Mangaluru on Monday. He was 80, family sources said.