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New Delhi: The terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Punjab early Saturday, raised the questions by Congress regarding the increase of terrorism in the state after 20 years of calm.

“Why has Punjab suddenly become the hotbed of terror activities in the last few months? The state has been calm for last 20 years,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

“Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) should ensure that there is no repetition of such attack in future,” Surjewala told a private news channel.

The statement came after four to six armed terrorists, wearing army fatigues, attacked the IAF base in Pathankot district at around 3 a.m., prompting a fierce gun battle with security forces till around 8 a.m. that left four terrorists killed.

Combing operations were launched to find out any other terrorists hiding anywhere. Firing and grenade blast were heard from the base after a lull of around three hours. A month ago BJP in Punjab had blamed Congress for the involvement in anti-national activities and supporting terrorism in the state.

A month ago BJP in Punjab had blamed Congress for the involvement in anti-national activities and supporting terrorism in the state. Congress, however, had rubbished all the allegations. This is second terror attack in Punjab in last three months.

(IANS)

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More Power Given to Congress State Units For 2019 Battle

The source also said that the state units have been asked to prepare a "charge-sheet" about the Modi government and its policies, particularly issues affecting the economy

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Bracing up for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress has accorded more powers and autonomy to its state units in deciding candidates as well as strategising for publicity and coordination.

According to informed sources, in a meeting of the Congress core committee with state presidents held on Thursday in the national capital, the central leadership asked the state units to fill up vacancies in block and district committees at the earliest besides identifying probable candidates for the 2019 mega battle in the respective states.

“Keeping in view that there will be state-specific alliances and electoral understandings, the state units have been asked to identify potential seats that can be spare for the allies. The emphasis is also on reaching out to the grassroots and build connect with the masses at booth levels,” said a party source.

The source also said that the central leadership harped on finalising the candidate lists providing ample time for discussions on seat sharing with probable allies.

Besides the national issues including the Rafale deal, agrarian distress and unemployment, the state units have also been given a say to have local issues accommodated in the party manifesto for 2019.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi has constituted a 19-member Manifesto Committee to chalk out the manifesto for the general elections.

The source also said that the state units have been asked to prepare a “charge-sheet” about the Modi government and its policies, particularly issues affecting the economy.

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Gandhi has already constituted a nine-member “core committee” to supervise and organise the party’s preparations for general elections that includes party veterans like A.K. Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P. Chidambaram and Mallikarjun Kharge.

With the party persistently raising the issue of tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs), state units have also been asked to organise workshops to educate the party workers about the functioning of the machines and guard against any malpractices. (IANS)