Meghalaya Election 2023: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday addressed his maiden election rally in poll-bound Meghalaya. The former Congress president's rally will be held at Malki Ground in Shillong.
"My speech is not visible in the media as the media is controlled by 2-3 big industrialists who have links with PM Modi. We can't even express ourselves in the media anymore," Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said"You also know the history of TMC, you know the violence that takes place in Bengal...You're aware of their tradition, they came to Goa & spend huge amount of money as their idea was to help BJP. TMC's idea in Meghalaya is to ensure that BJP comes to power," Rahul Gandhi said.
"I asked PM about his relationship with Adani. I also showed a picture in which Mr. Adani & PM are sitting in Adani's aircraft and PM Modi is relaxing as if it is his own house. PM Modi did not answer a single question regarding it," added, "He asked me a question and said why is my name Gandhi and not Nehru? I gave the speech in Parliament and then you notice that PM Modi is all over the television when he gives his speech but my speech is nowhere to be seen."
Pertinent to mention, the Wayanad MP was missing in the campaign for the party in Tripura where polling was held on February 16. So far, the top Congress leadership has been absent from the campaign scene in the three northeastern poll-bound states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland barring party president Mallikarjun Kharge addressing an election rally in Nagaland only on Tuesday (February 21).
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However, Kharge was also missing from the campaigning in Tripura. Addressing a gathering in Nagaland's Chumoukedima, Congress president Kharge on Tuesday launched a series of attacks on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said that the party and its allies looted the state.
"For the last 20 years, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and BJP looted Nagaland. It's high time that the people get justice and a govt that works for the people," Kharge said.
"The BJP's politics is aimed at destroying the indigenous and unique culture of the Nagas. The people of Nagaland must stand against this attack on the culture of Nagaland and the politics of polarization and hatred," Kharge said.
Polling will be held in both the states of Meghalaya and Nagaland on February 27 (Monday) while the counting is scheduled on March 2 (Thursday).
(With agencies inputs)