Rahul to meet Congress leaders in Punjab to discuss state assembly elections

Chandigarh: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will meet party workers and leaders in Punjab and discuss issues related to Assembly polls next year and the party's preparedness.

The meeting, organised by poll strategist Prashant Kishor's organisation Indian Political Action Committee, assumes significance as the state Congress, which faced "factionalism", wants to "put up a united face" to take on SAD-BJP alliance and emerging AAP in the polls.

A file photo of Rahul Gandhi. PTI

A file photo of Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Senior Congress leaders Jagmeet Brar and Bir Davinder Singh were suspended for their outbursts against party leaders, especially Amarinder Singh.

Rahul will reach Zirakpur around 11:30 am on Saturday and will hold a meeting with party workers and leaders. He will stay there till 4 pm, sources said.

Almost 2,000-2,500 party members including sitting MLAs, MPs, ex-MLAs, block presidents, and other office bearers will attend the meeting, they said.

Congress faced defeat in 2007 and 2012 Punjab Assembly polls and aims to wrest power in 2017.

On 9 April, Rahul held a meeting, to discuss political and organisational challenges in Punjab, with Congress leaders, including in-charge of party affairs in Punjab Shakeel Ahmad, state unit chief Amarinder Singh, Ambika Soni, CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi, AICC Secretary Harish Choudhry and Prashant Kishor.

Prashant Kishor, who played a key role in victories of Narendra Modi-led BJP in the general elections and JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance in Bihar, will help Congress in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, where elections are scheduled for next year.

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Updated Date: Apr 15, 2016 20:52:27 IST

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