Aiming to launch some spadework for the 2017 Assembly polls, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi have been invited to address party’s public meetings in the state between May 5 and 25.
Sonia Gandhi would be addressing the public meeting to be organised at Rajkot to mobilise farmers and win over Patidars.
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A major chunk of the Patidar community is reported to be angry with the state BJP government over their demand for OBC status for the community and reservation for them in government jobs and admission to educational institutions.
The Congress wants to politically capitalise their anger in its favour in the next Assembly elections to be held in December 2017.
As for Rahul Gandhi, he will be addressing a public meeting either at Chhotaudepur or Dahod to mobilise the tribal voters.
Party leaders said that the exact venue was yet to be decided but it would either be Chhotaudepur or Dahod. Sources said that Rahul Gandh would be raising the issues pertaining to non-allotment of forest land to tribals and mining of natural resources in their areas, with tribals not benefitting even a penny from it.
State party spokesperson Manish Doshi said that “state party president Bharatsinh Solanki had personally called on Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi a week ago and extended written invitation to them to address public rallies in the state”.
Solanki, according to Doshi, has requested the two top leaders to keep a gap of at least eight days between the two meetings.