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Unemployment more important than terror, says Rahul Gandhi after key Congress meet


Ahmedabad, Mar 12: Gearing up for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Tuesday held a meeting in Ahmedabad, Gujarat Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state to give a final shape to its poll strategy.


Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who has been given the charge of the party's fortune in 41 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, will address the CWC for the first time.

The day-long meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision-making body, assumes significance as it comes barely two days after declaration of poll schedule for the general elections.

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The Congress is seeking to give a strong political message to the entire nation from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, with the party leadership scheduled to hold a prayer meeting Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, followed by the CWC meet at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel national memorial there.

The CWC meeting is being held in Gujarat after a gap of 58 years. It was last held in the state at Bhavnagar in 1961.

Congress CWC meet Highlights

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4:06 PM, 12 Mar
"We will focus on unemployment and not terror. Terror is not the main issue for the 2019 polls," Rahul Gandhi was reported by News18 has having said.
3:50 PM, 12 Mar
Patidar leader Hardik Patel joins Congress in presence of Rahul Gandhi.
3:33 PM, 12 Mar
“Congress reaffirms its fight to uphold values espoused by Gandhiji and fellow freedom fighters of an inclusive India,” says Congress leader Anand Sharma after CWC meeting.
3:33 PM, 12 Mar
The meeting of Central Election Committee of Congress party will be held on 14 March at the residence of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, according to ANI.
3:33 PM, 12 Mar
“PM Modi plays the victim card, but the people of this country are the real victims of his policies,” says UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at CWC meeting, stresses the need to move forward with a new vision.
3:32 PM, 12 Mar
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for highlighting UPA achievements during the Lok Sabha election campaigning.
3:04 PM, 12 Mar
“No sacrifice is too great in this endeavour; no effort too little; this battle will be won,” Gandhi wrote on Twitter following the Congress strategy meet.
3:03 PM, 12 Mar
Congress President Rahul Gandhi who chaired a meeting today of the party's highest policy-making body in Gujarat's Ahmedabad tweeted that the party had "resolved to defeat the RSS/ BJP ideology of fascism, hatred", saying the "this battle will be won".
1:48 PM, 12 Mar
Sonia Gandhi hits out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the CWC meet in Ahemdabad.
1:01 PM, 12 Mar
Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who shot to fame by spearheading a quota stir in the state and is set to fight the Lok Sabha polls, will also join Congress at the meeting in presence of the party chief Rahul Gandhi. He has arrived at the Ahmedabad CWC venue.
12:06 PM, 12 Mar
CWC meeting begins, Rahul Gandhi, party leaders discuss Lok Sabha elections.
11:16 AM, 12 Mar
Prayer meeting ends at Sabarmati Ashram. Congress members leave for CWC meeting.
11:01 AM, 12 Mar
Besides, 2019 is also being celebrated as the 150th birth anniversary year of the Father of the Nation.
11:01 AM, 12 Mar
Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attend prayer meet on anniversary of 'Dandi March' at Sabarmati Ashram.
10:58 AM, 12 Mar
The party has been alleging that Modi has "fooled" the people with his "false propaganda" and "boastful claims" and has not delivered on his promises. It has also alleged that the Modi government has inflicted pain and misery on the poor, the unemployed and the farmers during its five years of power, which needs to be made an election issue.
10:58 AM, 12 Mar
After the CWC meeting, senior Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, as well as current and former party chief ministers will attend the 'Jan Sankalp' rally'.
10:58 AM, 12 Mar
The Congress leaders feel that the party needs to demand answers from the prime minister on status of the promises made by him five years ago and on his governance track record.
10:58 AM, 12 Mar
Reports said the party will issue a statement after the CWC, covering all these issues.
10:57 AM, 12 Mar
The party is of the view that the narrative for the general elections needs to be steered towards real issues and problems confronting people of the country, from what its leaders see as the "propaganda" plank of the current regime, especially after Pulwama attack and subsequent air strike on terror camps in Pakistan.
10:57 AM, 12 Mar
The party leaders will also discuss ways to corner Modi and his government on issues of governance, agrarian and economic crisis, unemployment and lack of job creation, national security and women safety.
10:57 AM, 12 Mar
Top Congress leadership, led by Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, and other senior leaders will deliberate on key issues for the national elections beginning April 11.
10:57 AM, 12 Mar
Besides giving final shape to its Lok Sabha election strategy, the party will demand answers from Prime Minister Modi and the BJP on what they call "failures" and "unfulfilled" promises of the government.
10:56 AM, 12 Mar
The party will also hold a public meeting in Adalaj in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat with the slogan of "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan". Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is also likely to address this meeting in her first public rally after entering politics.
10:56 AM, 12 Mar
The CWC meeting is being held in Gujarat after a gap of 58 years. It was last held in the state at Bhavnagar in 1961.
10:56 AM, 12 Mar
The day-long meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision-making body, assumes significance as it comes barely two days after declaration of poll schedule for the general elections.
10:56 AM, 12 Mar
Congress is all set to launch its 2019 Lok Sabha poll campaign from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bastion Gujarat today.

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