As the New Year approaches and a few months away from Assembly polls in five states, former Congress President and MP Rahul Gandhi traveled abroad on Wednesday morning for “a personal visit”.
Recently before the winter session of Parliament, he had traveled abroad for almost a month and had returned a day before the start of the session.
“Rahul Gandhi is paying a brief personal visit. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its media friends should not spread rumors unnecessarily,” Congress Secretary General Randeep Surjewala told ANI.
However, the party did not disclose the location of the visit and the date of his return.
Mr Rahul’s overseas visit comes at a time when political parties are stepping up their campaign for upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, which are due to take place year round. next.
Mr. Rahul was due to address a party rally in Punjab’s Moga district on January 3 to kick off the campaign in the state, where the party is already in power. However, it is now likely that it will be postponed.
With a delay in the campaign, this could apparently impact the party’s vote bank in the state and reduce the party’s chances of retaining power.
It is relevant to mention that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is also planning to campaign in the state around the same time.
The BJP will begin the Punjab election campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to stage a January 5 rally in the state, party sources say. It will be Prime Minister Modi’s first rally in the Punjab after the repeal of three agricultural laws. The BJP announced earlier that the party would fight polls in the state in alliance with Captain Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress Party.
According to sources in Congress, the Punjab rally will not begin until Mr. Rahul returns to the country.
Meanwhile, Mr. Rahul had recently campaigned for the party in Goa and Uttarakhand.
In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state winning 77 seats and toppled the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. The Aam Aadmi party became the second largest party winning 20 seats out of 117 members of the Punjab Legislative Assembly. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only win 15 seats while BJP took 3.