Rahul Gandhi to visit Kerala to chalk out election strategy


Kerala: Rahul Gandhi, Congress Vice President, would commence his two-day visit to Kerala on 9th February. Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi are the two cities included in his itinerary.

According to party sources, in the view of the upcoming assembly polls, he would be reviewing the party’s strategy.

He will be holding talks with party leaders and workers and will contemplate the strategy to strengthen the party’s presence in the state that has shunned out incumbent governments since 1982.

However, this year could be slightly different. The government faces anti incumbency factors from people that have been fed up with the regular scams affecting governance. Many of its top leaders, including the chief minister, have been involved in top scams.

The upcoming elections could be a herculean task for the Congress party as Kerala and Assam have been one of their strongest bastions. The 2016 assembly polls would prove to be a litmus test for the party.

The Congress Vice President is making his trip two days after Amit Shah, the BJP President sounded the poll bugle asking workers to rope in as many Hindu parties to support the formation of a BJP government.

According to sources, the BJP plans to contest 80 out of the 140 as direct candidates while leaving the rest for their alliance members to decide.