Congress president Rahul Gandhi will blow the poll bugle in Rajasthan on Tuesday in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. He will address two poll campaign rallies in Sriganganagar district's Suratgarh and Bundi district headquarters, besides a meeting of his party workers. He will later meet his party workers at Ramlila Maidan in Jaipur, which would be attended by shortlisted booth-level activists from all 200 Assembly segments of the state.
"Preparations for the meetings have been completed for Rahul Gandhi's visit to the state," a party leader said.
Rajasthan, which has 25 Lok Sabha seats, will go to polls in two phases. Elections on 13 seats will be held on April 29 and on remaining 12 seats on May 6.
In an interview with news agency PTI earlier this month, Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said is "complete unanimity" among all senior Congress leaders in Rajasthan on the names of the candidates to be fielded in almost all of the 25 Lok Sabha seats, asserting that his party will accomplish its "mission 25" in the state. The Rajasthan Congress chief also asserted that the Lok Sabha polls will be fought on "bread and butter" issues and not on emotional matters that the BJP wants to take the narrative to. The BJP-led government is trying to shift the narrative away from issues of economic non-performance and job creation, he told PTI in an interview.
Asked about the issue of infighting over ticket distribution which had reportedly been a concern in assembly polls, Pilot said there is a set process for ticket distribution in the Congress and at every level, all stakeholders are involved in the decision making, from the district to the national level.