Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi (HT file)
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi (HT file)

Sonia Gandhi to skip Haryana rally, Rahul steps in

  • Former party president Rahul Gandhi to address the rally
  • Polling for both the states are scheduled to take place on 21 October and counting will take place on 24 October

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi will skip the election rally she was scheduled to address in Haryana's Mahendragarh on Friday. Former party president Rahul Gandhi will now address the rally.

A tweet by the official handle of Congress' Haryana unit on Friday said Sonia Gandhi had to cancel the public meeting due to "unavoidable reasons".

The ongoing election campaign in poll bound Maharashtra and Haryana has not seen many high profile rallies by the Gandhi family. While, Rahul Gandhi has till now campaigned for two days in Maharashtra and one day in Haryana, both Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have not addressed any public meetings in either of the two states.

Polling for both the states are scheduled to take place on 21 October and counting will take place on 24 October. Only one more day remains in the campaign period which official ends on Saturday evening.

The Haryana rally on Friday was scheduled to be the first one to be addressed by Sonia Gandhi after she returned to the top post in the party in August. Rahul Gandhi had stepped down as Congress president owning responsibility of party's second worst defeat in the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year.

Sonia Gandhi, 73, has reduced her public engagements particularly election related in the recent past. This year, she addressed only two key such meetings -- one while campaigning from her parliamentary constituency Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh and one more there to thank her voters for electing her.

She not only stayed away from active campaigning in Lok Sabha polls but also did not address any election rally in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in December. The Congress formed government in these states.

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