Rahul puts MP's Cong leaders in poll mode

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Bhopal, July 5 (UNI) Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today issued a clarion call to party leaders to work unitedly for a Congress victory in the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections scheduled this year.

''Let everyone be prepared for ensuring the party's victory. Let everyone forget their differences so that communal forces can be defeated,'' Mr Gandhi said at the Congress state office while addressing state office-bearers, district presidents, office-bearers of various fronts and organisations, according to party sources.

The Amethi MP's roughly ten-minute address, which was not open to media, is being accorded considerable weightage on account of alleged differences and groupism among the state unit's bigwigs.

Prior to delivering his address, he interacted separately for about an hour with leaders and office-bearers and elicited suggestions of poll-linked preparations.

According to sources, Mr Gandhi said the key issues would be the state's alleged widespread corruption, the deteriorating law and order situation, problems of power, roads and water.

''The common man is consequently vexed and the state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party will have to pay the price,'' he warned while stressing on giving importance to Congress workers and further strengthening the organisation.

Referring to central schemes, he elicited information -- from office-bearers -- about their implementation in the state.

Earlier, Mr Gandhi reached here this morning by the regular flight. He inaugurated two hostels at 'The Sanskaar Valley School' and then proceeded to the Congress state office. Mr Gandhi will return to Delhi by the evening flight.

He was accompanied by Union Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Jyotiraditya Scindia, senior Congress leaders V Narayanasamy and Jatin Prasad. Congress state President Suresh Pachouri accompanied Mr Gandhi in all programmes.

He also visited the Rajiv Gandhi Technology University and the Indian Space Research Organisation centre.

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