Punjab elections: Moga rally postponed as Rahul travels abroad, state Congress worries
A few days after Congress announced that Rahul Gandhi would launch the party campaign for the next elections in Punjab Addressing a rally in Moga on January 3, the party postponed the event after it emerged that the top party leader had traveled abroad for a personal visit.
Sources said Rahul left India on Wednesday, a day after attending the 137th day of the party’s founding event at the AICC headquarters in Delhi. Sources said he will be ringing in the New Year in Italy, where he will spend time with his aging maternal grandmother, like last year.
âRahul Gandhi is on a brief personal visit. The BJP and its media friends should not spread rumors unnecessarily, âCongressional Communication Department chief Randeep Surjewala said, confirming that the former congressional president was overseas.
Party sources said Rahul, who also spent nearly three weeks at an undisclosed foreign location in November, is expected to address rallies in Punjab and Goa on January 15 and 16.
Rahul’s overseas trip has sparked concern within the Punjab’s Congressional Unit, as it comes at a time when the party is grappling with factions and desertions in the run-up to elections in the United States. ‘Assembly. The Moga rally was to be a show of unity, said a party leader who declined to be named.
The party had started making arrangements and the venue had been finalized, party leaders said. âWe didn’t even know he had gone overseas. We only learned about it after the opposition raised the issue and Surjewala defended the visit, âone leader said.
âThe rally is now postponed. We hoped that Rahul would be able to bring Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, PPCC leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and other leaders to the same stage and the different voices, which harm the interests of the party, would be silenced. . In addition, his absence (Rahul) delays the ticket distribution process, âhe said.
While Sidhu demanded the chief minister candidate’s statement ahead of the election, saying he would not just be a centerpiece for the election, part of the party leaders said they were watching him closely. One party leader said, âWe were hoping that the upper management would step in and control Sidhu. But it seems to be free for everyone now.