As the Gujarat Assembly elections approach, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will hold his first rally in the state on Monday.
Rahul Gandhi, who is leading the Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra, will address rallies in poll-bound Gujarat for the first time since the state’s elections were announced. Rahul Gandhi has been absent from Gujarat, where he has not campaigned in this election.
The former Congress president, who did not campaign in Himachal Pradesh, will address two public rallies for the first time in Rajkot and Surat.
On Monday, he will speak at two rallies: one at 1pm in Panch Kakada, near Anaval Village, Mahuwa town in Surat district, and another at 3pm in Shastri Maiden in Rajkot. This will also be the first political engagement since the start of the Bharat Jodo Yatra on September 7.
Notably, he was last seen in Gujarat on September 5, where he addressed party workers in Ahmedabad two days before moving on to lead the Yatra, which began in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, and will now enter Madhya Pradesh after concluding the Maharashtra leg today. The Bharat Jodo Yatra will take a break on Monday to allow Rahul Gandhi to address rallies.
Speaking about the upcoming public rally in the state, Congress MP KC Venugopal stated, “He (Rahul Gandhi) will visit Gujarat on November 21.” He will hold public rallies in Rajkot and Surat.”
The 182 members of the State Assembly will be elected in two stages on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will take place on December 8.
From 2001 to 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was Gujarat’s longest-serving chief minister. The state has set its sights on regaining power with a sizable majority this time as well.
However, it will face a stiff electoral challenge from Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has named Isudan Gadhvi as its chief minister candidate.