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Sonia, Rahul to campaign

Agartala, Feb. 6: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is skipping his poll visit to Tripura because of urgent preoccupation with official work.

The Prime Minister was scheduled to address a poll rally at Ambassa in Dhalai district and another at Udaipur, headquarters of Gomati district.

Disclosing this, PCC president Sudip Roy Barman said he had received an official communication this morning from the AICC, cancelling the programme.

“But Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi will come to campaign here on February 10 and 11; Madam Gandhi will address two poll rallies at Kumarghat in Unakoti district and at Agartala, the state capital, before flying back to New Delhi. AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi will arrive next; we have already urged him to address three meetings in the three corners of the state — Sonamura in Sipahijala district, Shatir Bazar in South Triupra district and Dharmanagar in North Tripura district,” Roy Barman said, adding that the programmes would be finalised by Friday.

Apart from this, senior Congress leaders from Bengal, Manas Bhuiyan, Deepa Das Munshi and minister of state for railways Adhir Chowdhury, will also campaign for party candidates.

Manas Bhuiyan arrived here yesterday and has been addressing well-attended poll rallies in West and South Tripura districts of the state. He has given a call for throwing out the Left Front government here as in West Bengal and said the state Congress here will be successful in this venture. Deepa Das Munshi and Adhir Chowdhury will hit the campaign trail tomorrow evening.

The ruling CPM is also fielding senior party leaders for the campaign. While leader of the Opposition of West Bengal Assembly, Surjya Kanta Mishra has been campaigning here, other senior leaders like Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat will also arrive soon to bolster the party’s campaign.

“Our house is in order and organisational set-up ready; our leaders are coming to inspire cadres and give a new thrust to the campaign, which is gaining in momentum by the day,” said CPM party secretary Haripada Das.