Congress meet in Ahmedabad today; Priyanka likely to address her first public rally

AHMEDABAD: Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, a crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will be held today in Ahmedabad.

The meeting will discuss the current political scenario in light of the forthcoming elections. The CWC will also review the preparations of the party for the general polls.

Top party leaders including president Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and newly appointed general secretary Priyanka Gandhi will attend the meeting.

The Congress has chosen Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home turf Gujarat for its high profile strategy meeting.

The CWC is all set to kick-start its campaign for the polls as well as have a brainstorming session in Ahmedabad, to finalize the party’s election strategy. Congress General Secretary and star campaigner, Priyanka Gandhi will address the CWC for the first time.

The meeting would be followed by a mega rally at Adalaj town in Gandhinagar where Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is likely to address her first public rally after entering politics.

Mega rally at Adalaj town

The day-long meeting of the Congress’ highest decision-making body assumes significance as it comes only two days after the Election Commission announced the schedule for the general elections. Sources say, the Congress is looking to send out a strong political message to the entire nation from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel.

The CWC meeting is being held in Gujarat after a gap of 58 years. It was last held in the state at Bhavnagar in 1961.

Congress leaders will begin the day with a prayer meet at the Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati and after paying tribute to soldiers at a memorial, they will proceed to attend the CWC meeting at the Sardar Patel National Memorial. A massive Jan Sankalp rally — ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ — has also been organized in the afternoon in Ahmedabad.

Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who shot to fame by spearheading a quota stir in Gujarat is set join the Congress in the presence of Rahul Gandhi today.