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Updated On 26-10-2018 10:45:59 ISTUpdated On 26-10-20182018-09-12T00:00:00.000Z12-09-2018 2018-09-12T00:00:00.000Z - 2018-10-26T05:15:59.704Z - 26-10-2018
Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be addressing a mega rally in Kurnool on September 18th, kicking off party's campaign for the upcoming elections in Andhra Pradesh.
Congress which is looking for a revival in the state post 2014 debacle where it failed to win even a single seat will be looking to start campaigning from its strong zones. This is the reason behind Kurnool being chosen as a venue as Congress enjoyed a great support in the area pre bifurcation.
Speaking about the meeting, N. Tulasi Reddy, Congress Vice- President in the state said, “Rahul affirms the party decision to accord Special Status to Andhra Pradesh. After coming to power in 2019, this is the first thing he will do. He will also make announcements on loan waivers for farmers and the minimum support price, along with things that were promised in the AP Re-organisation Act.”
On being asked whether Congress will form an alliance with TDP just like the one in Telangana, Reddy said, “As of now, there hasn’t been any discussion on alliances as far as AP is concerned. Our in-charge (Oommen Chandy) has said that our alliance is with the people of the state first.”
Rahul is expected to talk on key issues like special status, Kadapa steel factory and implementing the promises made in AP Re-organisation Act, 2014. However, one issue that everyone is expecting Rahul to shed clarity on would be the party’s possible alliance with ruling TDP. Congress leaders have maintained a diplomatic silence on the issue neither ruling out nor accepting possibility of alliance and Kurnool meeting would be a perfect occasion to make an announcement for Rahul.
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