Now,Rahul rallies on October 30

The Congress had planned four “Thanksgiving rallies” with an aim to express gratitude to the UPA government passing the food security bill.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: October 21, 2013 4:01:39 am

Congress Sunday announced party vice-president Rahul Gandhi would address two rallies —- one each in eastern UP and Bendelkhand region —- on October 30.

“The rallies will be held at Raath in Hamirpur and Salempur in Deoria district,” Congress state president Nirmal Khatri said.

A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting called by AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry in Delhi,which was attended by several senior leaders including Khatri.

Earlier,the party had cancelled two rallies of Rahul Gandhi scheduled to take place on October 22 fearing poor turn-out due to “karva chauth” falling on the same date. The Congress had planned four “Thanksgiving rallies” with an aim to express gratitude to the UPA government for passing the food security bill. While two rallies have already taken place in Aligarh and Rampur,the other two were scheduled for Hamirpur and Salempur.

Meanwhile,party leaders have been told not to compare the rallies of Rahul Gandhi and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

“We have come to know that people were brought from other states for Kanpur rally of Modi (on Saturday). Moreover,it was first rally of Modi in UP while Rahul Gandhi has already toured the state extensively during 2012 Assembly election,” said a senior party leader,who was part of the meeting on Sunday.

The leaders have also been asked to communicate the message that BJP is spending huge amount of money to make Modi’s rallies a success. Sources said that party leaders have also been asked to spread the message that the crowd in Modi’s rallies was “manipulated”.

For Hamirpur rally,AICC Secretary,Zubair Khan and zone 3 in-charge Vinod Chaudhary and for Salempur rally in Deoria,AICC secretary Rana Goswami and zone 5 in-charge Lalitesh Pati Tripathi have been asked to camp in the region to mobilise crowds.

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