Sonia, Rahul to address around 20 rallies in Bihar


Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi will address nearly 20 rallies of the grand alliance of the JD-U, RJD and Congress in the run-up to the Bihar assembly polls.

Sonia will address at least two rallies in Kahalgaon assembly segment in Bhagalpur district and Vajirganj constituency in Gaya districts on 3 October.

She will also address three rallies on 17 October in different assembly segments.

A senior party leader said, “With different Congress candidates seeking her rallies in their respective constituencies during campaigning, she may visit the state in early November to address two or three more rallies.”

Sonia Gandhi addressed the Swabhiman Rally of the grand alliance on 30 August in Patna.

Rahul Gandhi will also address over half a dozen rallies on 26 and 30 October.

He will visit Bihar on 7 October to address three rallies in Bachwara segment in Begusarai district, Barbigha in Sheikhpura district and Chenari in Rohtas district.

The Congress vice president has already addressed a rally in Ramnagar in West Champaran district on 19 September.

According to Congress leaders in Patna, Sonia and Rahul will share the podium with star campaigners of the grand alliance – Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad – in two or three rallies, if not more.

“As Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad are into hectic campaigning, they may not get a chance to attend all the rallies to be addressed by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi,” the leader added.

The Congress is contesting 41 seats in the 243-member Bihar assembly while the JD-U and RJD are contesting 101 seats each.

Elections in Bihar will be held in five phases between 12 October and 5 November. The counting of votes will be taken up on 8 November.