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Rahul Gandhi to address meeting of 24,000 booth presidents in Ernakulam in the last week of January

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Mullappally Ramachandran will tour all Assembly segments in the State from February 1 to 25.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi will address a meeting of 24,000 booth presidents and women vice presidents in Ernakulam in the last week of January. Block and booth conventions will be completed by January.

AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik will visit the State from January 2 to 16. The KPCC general body will be held on January 9. Regional meetings of district and office-bearers will be held first here on January 16, Thrissur on January 17 and Kannur on January 18. A leadership workshop would be held at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute here on January 22 and 23. The decisions were taken at the political affairs committee meeting of the party on Monday.

The committee accused the CPI(M) of trying to create a communal divide by excluding certain sections for the women’s wall. The proposed wall on January 1 coincided with the Sivagiri pilgrimage and that had pained the followers of Sree Narayana Guru. Christian and Muslim communities had been excluded and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s argument was that they had not been invited out of fear for the Sangh Parivar. This did not augur well for a person holding a constitutional position, the committee said.

The government machinery was being used extensively for the wall, it said, citing a circular issued by the Chief Executive Officer of the Technopark. University examinations had been put off and government and other employees were being intimidated to participate, the committee said.

The committee decided to launch an agitation against the government’s alleged failure to initiate post-flood rebuilding activities. Construction of houses and other rehabilitation measures had not commenced so far. The Central fund allocated for Ockhi victims had not been distributed, the committee said.

No step had been taken so far to address the crisis in the agrarian sector. The government’s reported bid to take away the benefits of Antyodaya Anna Yojana too was objectionable, it said.

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