Congress set to launch election campaign in Meghalaya

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

File Photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is set to kick off the election campaign of the party in poll bound Meghalaya today. The state goes to polls on February 27.

The party president landed in Guwahati earlier today, to head to Meghalaya. He will be in the state for two days and will go to Jowai to meet party workers.

A musical festival showcasing the cultural diversity of state is scheduled. On day two, the Congress president is also scheduled to hold meetings with religious heads and chiefs of traditional institutions.

“Rahul Gandhi is arriving tomorrow here… He will be meeting with religious heads for breakfast on January 31,” Meghalaya Congress working president and MP Vincent H Pala told reporters on Monday.

He said heads of traditional institutions, believed to be the leaders of indigenous Khasi, Jaintia and Garo religions, besides chieftains from various Himas (states), will be part of the breakfast meeting apart from the leaders of Christian denominations, Hindu and Muslims.

The Congress president will be campaigning in all the Khasi Jaintia and Garo Hills region in the state ahead of the elections, Pala said.

The 60-member Meghalaya assembly has 18.3 lakh voters of which 42,843 are new voters for the February 27 assembly elections.

The Congress has already announced in its first list the names of 56 candidates including Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and party chief C Lyngdoh.

(With inputs from agencies)