Congress will kick-start its election campaign in Meghalaya with party president Rahul Gandhi’s proposed visit to the poll-bound state on January 30 next.
The star attraction and the newly appointed president of All India Congress Committee (AICC) Rahul Gandhi, will visit Jowai, the headquarters of West Jaintia Hills district in the State on January 30.
Talking to media, parliamentarian from Shillong, Vincent Pala, who is also the working president of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), said all Congress leaders in the district, headmen, Dollois or the traditional heads empowered to maintain traditional faith in terms of various rituals and also in terms of land revenue administration, and supporters to attend the rally at Tpep Pale playground next Tuesday.
The State Congress is making brisk preparations to make the rally a success in the light of show of strength presented by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ever since the election process gained momentum in the hill state of the North-east.
The campaign committee of the state unit of Congress had held series of parleys to finalize the poll campaign strategy of the party for the ensuing Assembly elections in the State, polling of which will be conducted on February 27 next
The poll strategy of the MPCC has been prepared under the stewardship of State Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh.
The meeting had stressed the importance of inviting AICC president Rahul Gandhi to both Shillong and the Garo Hills for campaigning.
Meanwhile, the BJP is also finalizing the blueprint for the much-hyped visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had earlier garnered a huge mass gathering during a party rally at the Polo Ground in Shillong during mid-December last year.
BJP national president Amit Shah also held a mammoth rally in Tikrikilla of Garo Hills late December last year that too witnessed huge footfalls.
State BJP president Shibun Lyngdoh had apprised the media in Shillong that a proposed itinerary of Modi visit to the State for poll campaign in all the three regions of Khasi Hills, Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills have been sent to the party central leadership in New Delhi. However, acceptance and formal approval from the BJP central leadership is awaited, he added.
The State BJP president further said the national president of the party, Amit Shah will also visit the state again for campaigning in the coming days.