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New Delhi: The Congress is making earnest preparations for its ‘Kisan Samman Rally’ on Sunday, and the party expects over one lakh people from Delhi and its neighbouring states to attend the event.

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The rally to mark the party’s “victory” on the land acquisition bill over the Narendra Modi government will highlight the role of party vice president Rahul Gandhi in taking a firm stand and forcing the government to back-track on an issue concerning farmers.

“The land bill was among the first major issues taken up by Rahul Gandhi against the Modi government. He had promised that he will not allow the government to dilute the land bill passed by the UPA government and he has delivered on his promise,” a party leader said.

The party is mobilising support for the rally largely in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

“We are expecting over one lakh people. It will be a big rally,” the leader said.

Speakers at the rally will highlight the party’s struggle for farmers who constitute a large section of electorate in all states.

The rally is being held weeks ahead of assembly polls in Bihar and the party is expecting that it will help it in the poll-bound state.

The Congress has suffered a string of losses in assembly polls after its debacle in the Lok Sabha election last year.

The rally is being seen as part of efforts by the party for its electoral revival.

The government allowed its ordinance to lapse following stiff opposition from the Congress to changes in the 2013 Act on land acquisition which was passed during the then United Progressive Alliance government.

The new land bill of the National Democratic Alliance government is being examined by a joint committee of parliament but the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has already made significant change in its stance on the legislation by relenting on some clauses such as on consent and social impact assessment.

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Rahul Gandhi had come in for special praise at the Congress Working Committee meeting on September 8 from his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi and other members for leading the battle against the government on its land ordinance.

Sonia Gandhi said the government was compelled to withdraw its “anti-farmer amendments” due to the party’s sustained campaign.

“The credit for this goes to every worker of the Congress party, who under Rahul’s active guidance, carried out a sustained agitation,” she had said.

The CWC also congratulated Rahul Gandhi, and farmers across the country for “their determined and resolute opposition to draconian ordinance”.

Rahul Gandhi had met delegations of farmers from various states last week and told them that the Congress was proud to have fought with them against the government’s “anti-farmer amendments” to the land bill.

He said the Congress was fighting to ensure that farmers become equal partners in the progress of the nation.

The Congress had last week formed a committee with senior leader AK Antony as its chairman in an apparent effort to turn the rally into a show of strength.

The committee includes among others, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, party general secretary Digvijaya Singh, former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, party treasurer Moitlal Vora, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat as members.

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It went on to add that ditto was the scenario with the post of President, since many had hoped that Advani at least would be catapulted to the Rashtrapati Bhavan in June 2017.

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A day after asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to refrain from “ridiculing” Rahul Gandhi for declaring his ambition to become Prime Minister, the Shiv Sena on Friday showered praises on the Congress chief, saying “he poses a challenge to the BJP” in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“This is not the Rahul Gandhi of 2014. He is a changed person now. He has weathered abuse and criticism to emerge intellectually strong.

“He can throw up a serious challenge to the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019,” the Sena cautioned in an editorial in the party mouthpieces “Saamana” and “Dopahar Ka Saamana”.

Asserting that “Gandhi has acquired political strength and clout”, the ruling BJP ally pointed out that this was effectively demonstrated in the December 2017 Gujarat Assembly polls.

“The BJP leaders mock him in vulgar language, but Rahul Gandhi has always maintained Modi’s dignity as Prime Minister and never stooped low to criticise him ever.

“This proves that Rahul Gandhi possesses political intellect and culture, which even his opponents would concede,” the Sena added.

However, the Sena wondered why the BJP was running “so scared and indulging in chest-beating” over Gandhi’s desire to become the Prime Minister should his party won.

“Today, the BJP wants to know how — with a queue of Prime Minister aspirants among the opposition parties — could Gandhi declare himself as a contender for the top post?

"He can throw up a serious challenge to the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019," the Sena cautioned in an editorial in the party mouthpieces "Saamana" and "Dopahar Ka Saamana".
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“This question should be replied to by the BJP’s senior leaders like L.K. Advani or Murli Manohar Joshi and others,” the Sena said in a veiled reference to the side-lining of the party’s senior leaders under the current dispensation.

It went on to add that ditto was the scenario with the post of President, since many had hoped that Advani at least would be catapulted to the Rashtrapati Bhavan in June 2017.

But finally, Modi and BJP President Amit Shah had their way and they went ahead with their choice without consulting any of the allies and friendly parties, it said, adding how it had proposed the name of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for President.

“So, why is the BJP now demanding that Congress should consult its (UPA) allies before declaring the candidate for the Prime Minister’s post? Let the people of the country decide whether Gandhi is good for them or not,” the Sena said.

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The Sena advised the BJP that instead of ridiculing Gandhi, “the BJP should have welcomed his statement and countered it by throwing a challenge to the Congress that it would defeat him in the 2019 battle”.

The Sena reiterated the shabby treatment meted out by the BJP to its allies, and although it came to power with their support, the allies were rewarded “with back-stabbing, damage and destruction”.

“The people will be the final judge whether Gandhi will become the Prime Minister or be dumped. Even Modi was very nice before the (2014) elections. But later on, peoples’ pain and problems continue… The masses are reeling under it like a donkey carrying a heavy load… The only difference is, after each election, the donkey’s master changes,” the Sena concluded. (IANS)