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West Bengal Assembly polls: Rahul, Priyanka to campaign

Issued by: Express News Service | Kolkata |

December 18, 2020 10:05:20 AM


Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra, Robert Vadra in New Delhi 2013 (Express Photo by Anil Sharma)

Jitin Prasada, the party’s West Bengal chief, said on Thursday that senior Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, would campaign in the state next month ahead of the assembly elections.

“The Congress, unlike the BJP, is a party with long-standing ties to Bengal and is linked to the grassroots. It has a local mass based leadership. Unlike the BJP, it is not controlled by the central leadership in Delhi. The AICC (All India Congress Committee) will give its full impetus to the Bengal elections. From strategy to manpower, from leaders to chief ministers. Our High Leader Ragulji and Priyankaji will make regular visits to the state to reach out to the Bengali people. There is no room for complacency, ”said Prasada, who held meetings with state party leaders.

Congress leader At present, the BJP does not have a strong local leader in the state. “There are differences between the two parties. As far as the BJP is concerned, there is no leader in West Bengal. There may be MPs in it, but I do not call them national leaders. They are operated by remote control from Delhi, while the Congress has a long history with Bengal and has some of the best leaders in the Lok Sabha and the House of Commons, ”Prasada said.

He said the final call would be made soon, in an electoral alliance with the Left. However, Prasada avoided the question of whether there was any possibility of an alliance with the TMC.

“As far as the Left is concerned, our state unit is jointly pursuing political plans with them. They are on the streets. I do not know why you are asking about another party. The final call for an alliance with the Left will be taken soon,” Prasad said. He added that the BJP was trying to change Bengali culture.

“Some BJP leaders are trying to change the words in the national anthem written by Rabindranath Tagore. This is done to change the culture of the state. The people of the state will not tolerate this and Congress will never allow it. ”

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