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Sonia to address rally at Rae Bareli on March 28
Prashant Sood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 25
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who has resigned from Lok Sabha following the office of profit controversy, will visit her Rae Bareli constituency on March 28.

Mrs Gandhi will address a rally in the constituency and tour the area. The Congress president will take a flight to Lucknow from where she will proceed to Rae Bareli.

The Congress leadership is making arrangements for the rally which will set the tone of her re-election campaign from the constituency.

There is a feeling in the party that Mrs Gandhi’s “sacrifice” will boost the party’s prospects in Uttar Pradesh and in the states going for Assembly polls.

The stream of leaders and workers expressing solidarity with Mrs Gandhi continued today though crowds outside 10 Janpath were not as strong as in the past two days. Among those who met Mrs Gandhi today were Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

Though the party leadership had yesterday asked its MLAs and MPs not to resign, its MLAs from Mahya Pradesh today offered to quit their seats as an expression of solidarity with Mrs Gandhi.

“Expressing full faith and dedication in your leadership we want to resign from the membership of the Vidhan Sabha,” the partymen, who met Mrs Gandhi, said in a letter to her. However, they were asked not to resign. Party MP Jyotiraditya Scindia and Union Minister Suresh Pachauri also met Mrs Gandhi. Mr Pachauri said later that they also apprised Mrs Gandhi of the damage to crops in parts of Madhya Pradesh due to the recent hailstorm.

AICC General Secretary Janardhan Diwedi today reiterated that there was no need for party MPs to resign to express their solidarity with Mrs Gandhi.

He said the party will take a “joint decision” soon on those whose names figured in the office of profit controversy. “It is no more a matter concerning merely the Congress, but an issue facing the entire political spectrum on which all parties have to sit together and discuss,” he said.


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