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CWC meeting HIGHLIGHTS: The Congress' highest decision-making body met in Gujarat today to finalise its strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Follow live updates below.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 12, 2019 10:13:05 pm
Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, congress CWC meeting, Lok Sabha elections LIVE Updates, Congress rally live updates, congress gujarat rally live, hardik patel congress live updates Congress CWC meeting today LIVE updates: Congress president Rahul Gandhi with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at Gandhi Ashram, Sabarmati, in Gujarat on Tuesday (Express Photo: Javed Raja)

Addressing a public rally in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar, Congress President Rahul Gandhi assured that Congress will come to power in 2019 and help eradicate unemployment, waive off farm loans in Gujarat and other states.  Launching a strong attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress Chief asked who was responsible for sending Masood Azhar back to Pakistan adding that Congress had jailed him but BJP freed him.

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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi also addressed her first political rally after assuming charges in Gandhinagar today. Asking the public to use vote as their weapons, Priyanka Gandhi asked them to pose right questions to the government.  Attacking the Modi-led BJP government, she asked about promised employment, women’s safety and farm loans.

Earlier in the day, The Congress Working Committee (CWC) Tuesday resolved to “defeat the RSS/BJP ideology of fascism, hatred, anger and divisiveness”, during a meeting in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Members agreed that “no sacrifice is too great in this endeavour to defeat the ideology of RSS/BJP, no effort too little; this battle will be won”.

The meeting, chaired by president Rahul Gandhi, was held two days after the Election Commission announced seven-phased Lok Sabha polls from April 11 to May 19, before counting on May 23.

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19:10 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Rahul Gandhi addresses media in Gujarat
18:46 (IST)12 Mar 2019
'BSP to campaign old-fashioned way'

The Bahujan Samaj Party is sticking to old-fashioned electioneering, shunning fancy “raths” and holograms, and keeping public relations companies that offer such “high-tech” options at bay, a party leader said.

Instead, the party will bank on public meetings by supremo Mayawati and booth-level campaigning by its workers.

In a seat-sharing pact with the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal in Uttar Pradesh, the party will contest from 38 constituencies in the state in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

18:33 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Congress and Zoram People's Movement forge alliance

The opposition Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) in Mizoram and the Congress have forged an alliance to contest the Lok Sabha election and an Assembly by-poll, Congress sources said Tuesday.

According to the understanding, which will be announced later, the Congress will field candidate in the lone Lok Sabha seat in the state and the ZPM will contest the Aizawl West-I assembly seat.

17:38 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Congress met in Gujarat after 58 years

Crowd gathered at Congress Public rally in Gujarat.   Source: INC 

17:33 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh says, ' No alliance with AAP'

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh dismissed any alliance with Aam Admi Party (AAP) saying that it will contest on their own.

16:58 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Masood Azhar was sent in special aircraft and NSA Ajit Doval accompanied him: Rahul Gandhi

Attacking the Modi-led BJP government, Rahul Gandhi asked, " Who sent Pulwama terror attack perpetrator Masood
Azhar to Pakistan."  He said that Masood Azhar was sent in special aircraft and NSA Ajit Doval accompanied him. 

16:45 (IST)12 Mar 2019
If Congress comes to power, minimum uaranteed income will be implemented: Rahul Gandhi

I want to assure that in 2019 Congress will win and in each state, the party will implement minimum income for everyone," said Rahul Gandhi. 

16:45 (IST)12 Mar 2019
If Congress comes to power, minimum uaranteed income will be implemented: Rahul Gandhi

I want to assure that in 2019 Congress will win and in each state, the party will implement minimum guaranteed income, said Rahul Gandhi. 

16:44 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Gabbar Singh Tax (GST) can't be understood by our traders even today: Rahul Gandhi

Gabbar Singh Tax (GST) can't be understood by our traders even today and if Congress comes to power, GST will be simplified into one tax, said Rahul Gandhi

Did people get Rs 15 lakh into their bank accounts as
promised by Narendra Modi, added Rahul Gandhi.

16:36 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Modi stole money from us to pay big companies: Rahul Gandhi


Refering to Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi said, "Modi praises the airforce but Modi never tells that all the money is stolen from their pockets and put into bigger companies." 

16:32 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Congress waived of farm loan in MP in two days, the party is committed: Rahul Gandhi

Within two days Congress party waived of farm loan in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states and we are committed to do that everywhere.

Gujarat's innovative spirit where small businesses are the backbone of its success, PM Modi eradicated that in a day.

16:32 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Congress waived of farm loan in MP in two days, the party is committed: Rahul Gandhi

Within two days Congress party waived of farm loan in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states and we are committed to do that everywhere.

Gujarat's innovative spirit where small businesses are the backbone of its success, PM Modi eradicated that in a day.

16:29 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Institutions under attack of government: Rahul Gandhi

Earlier people used to seek justice from the Supreme Court but now Judges seek help from you. Institutions are under attack by the government.

16:28 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Mahatma Gandhi and Gujarat made this nation: Rahul Gandhi


After years Congress met in Gujarat because there's a fight for two ideology in the state.  We chose Gujarat because Mahatma Gandhi and Gujarat made this nation, said Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi 

16:20 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Country made on foundation of love, whatever happening now is sad: Priyanka Gandhi

This country is made on the foundations of love, harmony and brotherhood. Today whatever is happening in the country is very sad,  said Priyanka Gandhi. 

16:20 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Country made on foundation of love, whatever happening now is sad: Priyanka Gandhi

This country is made on the foundations of love, harmony and brotherhood. Today whatever is happening in the country is very sad,  said Priyanka Gandhi. 

16:14 (IST)12 Mar 2019
You have to think what this election means to you: Priyanka Gandhi

"You have to think what this election means, what is your role? You're deciding your future. What is important here is how are we going to progress? Who will work for the farmers, who will work for the safety of women," said Priyanka Gandhi at the Rally in Gandhinagar. 

16:05 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Modi exploiting national security issues to divert attention: CWC resolution

In the resolution undertaken by the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Tuesday, the party said that PM Modi is cynically exploiting issue of national security to divert attention from colossal failures."

"Deliberate attacks being made on constitutional and other safeguards for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, OBCs, minorities," it added.

15:53 (IST)12 Mar 2019
The percentage of female candidature from TMC has risen, Mamata calls it a proud moment
15:52 (IST)12 Mar 2019
Mamata Banerjee announced list of TMC candidates contesting for Lok Sabha elections from West Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee announced a list of 42 TMC candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from the state. Asserting confidence, Mamata said that the party would win in every seat across the state. 

2019 Lok Sabha elections live updates: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during a roadshow in Lucknow in February. The party will strategise for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. (Express Photo: Vishal Srivastav)

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Ahmedabad in Gujarat today will set in motion the party's final strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The meeting comes two days after the Election Commission (EC) announced dates to the General Elections. It will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19. The results will be announced on May 23.

The CWC, Congress's highest decision-making body, met in Gujarat after 58 years — the last was in 1961 in Bhavnagar. It assumes significance as Gujarat is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Congress yet to finalise seat-sharing

Meanwhile, Patidar leader Hardik Patel joined the party today in the presence of Rahul Gandhi. On confirming his decision, he had tweeted, "To give shape to my intentions, to serve the society and the country at large, I have decided to join the Indian National Congress, the oldest political party of India on 12th March 2019 in the presence of its national president Rahul Gandhi and other seniors leaders."

“I would also like to state that if there is no legal hindrance and the party decides to field me in electoral politics, I would abide by the party’s decision and contest the elections,” Hardik added.

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