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JAMMU: United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi will campaign for the party in Jammu and Kashmir this week.

Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Ravinder Sharma told The Hindu that Mr. Rahul Gandhi will visit Tangdhar and Udhampur on November 28 to address the election rallies.

Ms. Gandhi is scheduled to join the party’s election campaign in border town of Uri and Doda on December 3.

Dr. Singh is likely to visit the State in the second week of December and will most probably campaign ahead of elections in Jammu and Srinagar cities which will go to polls on December 24.

Mr. Sharma said that besides these leaders, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal are likely to campaign in the State.

“Rahul Gandhi’s visit will infuse confidence among the youth of Jammu and Kashmir as he is an icon for the youth. It will help the party a great deal and we are eagerly looking forward to receive him,” he said. Ms. Gandhi had special love for the State and she had been frequenting Jammu and Kashmir in the past as well.

The Congress spokesperson was confident of winning a good number of seats given the “spectacular achievement of the Congress led government headed by Ghulam Nabi Azad till recently.”

He further said that Mr. Azad did a lot for the State’s development and the combination of Mr. Azad and PCC chief Saifuddin Soz would push the party through victory.