Bengaluru: Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi will address her first election rally for upcoming Karnataka Assembly polls on May 8 at Bijapur. This will UPA chairperson’s first public campaign after two years.
Manickam Tagore, Congress secretary in-charge of Karnataka is reportedly keeping an eye over the arrangements at Bijapur. Speaking to reporters about Sonia’s rally, Tagore asserted that Sonia’s rally will motivate cadre and send a strong message to voters.
Notably, the former Congress president had skipped campaigning in all Assembly elections after she fell ill during a roadshow in PM Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi on August 2, 2016.
She did not campaign for her party in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Manipur Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.
While Sonia will campaign in north Karnataka, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will move to south Karnataka and the Bengaluru area in his ninth campaign run in the southern state from May 7 to 10. He has almost covered all the zones of the state in his eight phases of campaigning over the past three months.
Karnataka will go to polls on May 12 and the results will be declared three days later on May 15. The 224-member Assembly expires on May 28 in the state where the Congress is currently in power, with 122 seats against the BJP’s 43.