After Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s call to restart Congress Seva Dal during her visit to the city recently, several leaders and workers of the party gathered at the Town Hall for a booth-level Seva Dal workers’ convention on Wednesday.

The convention was held after 17 years. The “re-launch” also coincided with the death anniversary of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Elaborating on the importance of Seva Dal, U.T. Khader, MLA, said the organisation imparted moral and physical skills.

“It is the eyes and ears of the Congress and can convey people’s reactions to policies and governance,” he added.

Vinay Kumar Sorake, secretary in-charge of Akhila Bharathiya Seva Dal, said the organisation would be active in 54,000 booths of the State and 1,500 booths in Dakshina Kannada. “A three-day training session will be held to imbibe the spirit of the dal among the workers,” he said.

Extolling the achievements of Indira Gandhi, Janardhan Poojary, former Union Minister, said she showed no fear even before death, and did whatever she could for the good of the nation and especially for the poor.

Members of the Seva Dal should learn about the sacrifice made by the Gandhi family, he said.

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