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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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.

With inputs from IANS

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Congress To Use Tribal Card to Regain Power in the Country

Congress to use tribal card to improve countrywide position

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Congress will be using the tribal card to regain dominance and their plan of action will begin from Chhattisgarh. Wikimedia Commons

BY SANDEEP PAURANIK

In order to regain dominance in the country, the Congress is mulling using the tribal card. This plan of action is to be first implemented in Chhattisgarh.

Riding on the success of the Assembly and urban body elections, the Congress feels that it can increase it base through tribals as they constitute 8 per cent of the total population.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the first three Assembly elections in the state, after its formation in 2000, recorded huge victories and came to power. But after the Assembly elections held last year, the scenario changed. After registering a victory in the Assembly elections and then in the urban body polls, the Congress showed that it still dominates the tribal areas.

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Former President of Congress Rahul Gandhi gave an important message while innaugrating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur. Wikimedia Commons

The Congress gave the responsibility of the tribal areas to the tribal leader of Madhya Pradesh Umang Singhar which eventually helped the party. Now, the party is planning to spread out nationwide through Chhattisgarh.

Former party president Rahul Gandhi, while inaugurating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur, gave a message to the tribals who are here to participate in the festival that the Chhattisgarh government is working for all the sections and this is the reason why there has been a downward trend in naxal attacks and the state economy has also improved.

The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country because the tribal population in the state is 32 per cent.

BJP media panellist Sandeep Sharma, however, claims that the party’s base has not shrunk. He said till Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were not divided, the Congress was strong in the area but in the elections held after three years of the bifurcation, the BJP won the Assembly elections and was in power for 15 years. Though we faced defeat in the 2018 elections, the only reason was that people wanted a change but they were not angry with the BJP, he claimed.

The BJP won in the Lok Sabha elections and the margin in the urban body elections was also not much. So, it would be inappropriate to say that the BJP’s base has shrunk, he said adding that in one year the Congress’ base has declined by 9 per cent whereas in Assembly elections it got 12 per cent more votes and in urban body elections the margin was 3 per cent.

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The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country. Wikimedia Commons

Analysing the political landscape of the state, political analyst Rudra Awasthi said, “When it was Madhya Pradesh then the Congress had stronghold in Chhattisgarh. Several big leaders were also from the state but after the formation of Chhattisgarh since Ajit Jogi was accused of being a fake tribal the Congress lost its stronghold over the tribals. Though it continued to dominate in some of the areas which helped it in regaining the power.

“As of now, the Congress has started including the tribals with the backward class. First Bhupesh Baghel was the state chief of the party and he was replaced by Mohan Markam as he became the Chief Minister. During the Assembly elections, the Congress talked about the identity of the tribals which helped the party. After winning the elections, the decisions of the Congress government were in favour of the tribals which helped the party in the urban body elections,” said Awasthi.

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The Congress is mulling over spreading its message to the tribals across the country through the three-day festival going on here. For this several senior leaders of the party will attend the festival and share the government’s schemes while giving the message that the Congress government in the state has brought a positive and a significant change in the lives of the tribals. (IANS)