Congress president Rahul Gandhi will kick off the party’s Lok Sabha election campaign at the Kisan rally in Jaipur on Wednesday, said Avinash Pande, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in charge of Rajasthan.
“Gandhi will sound the poll bugle for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Jaipur and will send a message out to the country that the promise he made to the farmers and state was fulfilled,” Pande told reporters at Vidhyadhar Nagar Stadium, the venue of Wednesday’s public meeting.
According to authorities, the Congress president will address the rally at 12.30pm. “He will fly from Delhi about 11.10am and will return approximately 2.30pm,” said an officer who’s a part of the security management for the trip.
Congress state unit president Sachin Pilot said the Kisan rally has been held in Jaipur as the guarantee created by Gandhi was fulfilled by the authorities in two days.
“PM Narendra Modi government was cheating the people for the past four-and-half decades by failing to fulfill promises,” Pilot said.
Pilot said tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the rally to express their gratitude to the Congress party for farm loan waiver. “The central government will be contested on its promises if the Congress waived farm loans immediately after forming authorities in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh… farmers were committing suicide but no steps were taken to give relief,” he explained.
“Five decades of hardship is finished. I am confident how Congress won the by-elections in two Lok Sabha seats; 23 longer will probably be won, for the effort will start on Wednesday. It should not be forgotten that Gandhi launched the survey campaign on August 11 and on January 9 also, the statements made from here will echo across the nation,” said Pilot.
On the Union cabinet move to supply 10% reservation to economically weaker sections in general category, he said: “Our authorities in Rajasthan suggested 14% reservation into the upper course around 20 years back. They kept sleeping for four-and-half years and now that the BJP is losing in the country, they are giving 10% reservation. If you would like to give quota, provide but where are the jobs and opportunities? Yesterday (Monday) alliance parties of Assam left the NDA. Parties supporting them are leaving it and by the time of Lok Sabha elections, it will be left alone.”