Sonia, Rahul to address “mega rally” in Nagpur

NAGPUR: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be addressing a “mega rally” at Nagpur on Monday, hardly two kilometres from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s headquarters.

Hordings were put up by Congress party workers at various places in Nagpur and a security rehearsal was organised by Nagpur police for the Gandhis trip. Photo: S.Sudarshan

The rally has been organised as a concluding event of Dr.Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary, which the Congress claims to have celebrated for last one year.

Heavy security arrangements have been put in place from Nagpur airport to Kasturchand Park ground where the mother-son duo is scheduled to address an expected crowd of around one lakh today evening.

The Gandhis would first go to “Deekshabhoomi” (the place where Dr.Ambedkar converted to Buddhism with his followers) to pay respects to the architect of the Indian constitution.

Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavhan has been camping in Nagpur to make this rally a success and almost all Congress Chief Ministers and different state congress presidents are expected to attend the rally.

According to Congress leaders, Nagpur was selected for this mega rally not because the city is the RSS headquarters but for the city’s special connection with Dr.Ambedkar.