Ahmedabad, March 5: A meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will be held on March 12 in Ahmedabad to formulate its election strategy for the Lok Sabha polls and a public rally, with party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi among the key speakers.
The party is set to have its screening committee meeting on March 8 as part of its candidate selection exercise.
The meeting and rally, which had earlier been slated to be held on February 28, was postponed due to the security situation after the IAF air strikes in Pakistan in wake of the Pulwama attacks that left 40 CRPF troopers dead.
Top leaders, including party President Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Priyanka Gandhi, who was recently named General Secretary, Eastern Uttar Pradesh, party treasurer Ahmed Patel, among others will be present at the meeting next Tuesday.
“The meeting will be held on March 12, the day Mahatma Gandhi launched his famous Salt March from Sabarmati Ashram,” state Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi told IANS.
Besides the CWC meeting, a massive rally where Priyanka Gandhi is expected to deliver her first public address after joining politics full time, will also be held.
“The CWC and the public rally is being organized in the same way as planned on February 28,” Doshi added.
Congress sources disclosed that it was Rahul Gandhi’s idea to have the CWC meeting as well as public rally in Gujarat to take the battle right into Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah’s home turf.