Gearing up for the coming Gujarat Assembly elections, the Congress on Thursday announced the constitution of a screening committee for selecting candidates.The panel will be headed by Balasaheb Thorat, former Maharashtra Minister, and it will also have three members. “Congress president Sonia Gandhi has constituted the screening committee for the Gujarat Assembly elections, with Mr. Thorat as its chairman. Former MP Meenakshi Natarajan, Congress Legislature Party leader in U.P. Ajay Lallu and AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar will be its members,” AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said in a statement. The party has already set up various committees, including the State election committee headed by PCC chief Bharatsinh Solanki, for the polls.The Congress, which has been out of power in Gujarat for the past two decades, is very keen to wrest power from the BJP.Though the party is buoyed by the recent Rajya Sabha election results, it has suffered a blow recently when Shankarsinh Vaghela quit the Congress along with some MLAs.The Congress would soon launch campaign and vice-president Rahul Gandhi will attend a workers’ conference in Ahmedabad on September 4.
A cross-border motor rally to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is arriving in Agartala from Bangladesh on Tuesday afternoon. The rally, which got underway at Rajghat in New Delhi on February 4, will culminate on February 24 at Yangon in Myanmar.The Border Security Force (BSF) has made arrangements to support the itinerary of the motorists on the border. The rally entered Bangladesh from Kolkata on Monday, sources in BSF said.“We will facilitate the rally to the Agartala Check Post from Bangladesh. The Ministry of Transport and Highways has organised the rally,” senior BSF official of the Tripura Frontier Arun Kumar Verma told The Hindu.Government officials said the rally would travel 7,250 km before it reaches Yangon. It will cover places historically associated with Mahatma Gandhi, both in India as well as in Bangladesh and Myanmar.Officials said the ultimate aim of the rally is to spread the values of Mahatma Gandhi throughout route of the rally. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is supporting the event.
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