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RSS defamation case: Congress President Rahul Gandhi to appear in Thane court on June 12

Rahul will appear in connection with the RSS defemation case, days after former President and senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee attended a Sangh event in Nagpur

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Mumbai [ Published on: June 09, 2018 21:24 IST ]

Rahul Gandhi- File pic

Congress President Rahul Gandhi will appear in a Thane court on June 12 in connection with a defamation case filed by an RSS worker.

On Tuesday, the charges are likely to be framed against the Congress President by the Bhiwandi court.

Rahul will appear in connection with the RSS defemation case, days after former President and senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee attended a Sangh event in Nagpur

After appearing in the court, Rahul Gandhi will travel to Mumbai and directly interact with the party's over 15,000 booth-level workers at a function in Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, a crucial exercise ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

This would mark the launch of a national endeavour, "Project Shakti" through which the Congress President would establish direct communication between the grassroots workers and the party's central leadership, said Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam.

He said the party workers would be enrolled for the project using their basic details and confirming that those enrolling were actually Congress men. These filtered people would then need to send an SMS on a contact number which would be provided to them by the party officials.

These will enable the ground-level workers to share their ideas and views with the central leadership of the party which will boost their morale ensuring a proper flow of communication internally.

Nirupam said that the all-India level project would be kickstarted in Mumbai by Gandhi and it was being considered a "path-breaking initiative of the Congress party to link with the extremely crucial chain in the party machinery".

"The 'Project Shakti' will not only ensure the connect with the ground-level workers but also ensure that their grievances, if any, are resolved at the earliest. Every person who believes in the ideologies of the Congress, their inputs are important to us. Also, it will help us look at the problems of Mumbai at a micro level where development actually takes place," Nirupam explained.

This will be Gandhi's first public engagement in Mumbai after taking over as Congress President in December 2017.

In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, of the six seats in Mumbai, the Congress had bagged five while its ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) got one.

However, 2014 proved a major setback for the party's stronghold when the Congress-NCP lost all the city seats to the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Nirupam, who had contested from Mumbai North, failed to retain the seat and lost to the BJP candidate by a large margin in 2014.

(With IANS inputs)

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