Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat to take stock of poll performance

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Congress President Elect Rahul Gandhi.

File Photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi landed in Gujarat today where he will be meeting his state leaders to take stock of the party’s performance in recently concluded assembly polls in Gujarat. Ahead of the meeting, he visited the revered Somnath temple in Gir Somnath district.

The Congress leader landed at Keshod Airport in Saurashtra and offered prayers at the temple which is about 420 km from the state capital.

Gandhi is scheduled to hold zone-wise meets with Saurashtra, Central Gujarat, South Gujarat and North Gujarat leaders in Ahmedabad today and is expected to address the Congress workers.

On the table of the newly elevated party chief would be the strategy for polls ahead, and essentially 2019 Lok Sabha polls due in 16 months from now.

Earlier this week, he had lauded the performance of Congress party, which though was defeated but bettered its tally winning 77 seats. In the run up to the polls, he had led an aggressive campaign in the state considered impregnable fortress of the BJP.

Gujarat is the home state of Prime Minister Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

BJP had won 99 seats, coming down from its earlier tally of 115 seats in the assembly, the statistics which is being advocated by the Congress to pat itself on the performance in Gujarat.

Significantly, senior Congress leader Shakti Sinh Gohil and Arjun Modwadia were defeated in the polls, something which Rahul Gandhi and state Congress may introspect on when they sit down to dissect the results.

(With inputs from PTI)