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Congress keeps it low on big day

Ranchi, Dec. 27: The Congress will keep the party’s 129th foundation day celebrations in Jharkhand tomorrow a low-key affair, even if the BJP has painted the state saffron in view of Narendra Modi’s public rally in Ranchi the day after tomorrow.

With the NaMo banners and posters decking up all prominent locations and roads across the state capital, the Congress has decided to play it safe, settling for only “unoccupied” places.

It doesn’t want any tussle with the BJP at this juncture.

“The city is flooded with the BJP’s Vijay Sankalp Rally banners, hoardings, posters and flags. So, we have put up ours wherever we could find a space. We don’t believe in vandalism,” said party spokesman Shailesh Sinha.

State Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat, on the other hand, said the party was trying to reach out to people living at village and block levels on the occasion of the party’s foundation day. “We don’t believe in vulgar display of money,” Bhagat said in a veiled attack on the BJP.

Congress’s Jharkhand co-in-charge Tarachand Bhagora will be the chief guest during the celebrations at the state unit’s headquarters in Ranchi tomorrow. Bhagora, who is expected to reach here this evening, is likely to hold meetings with party members.

Also, the party will felicitate descendants of freedom fighters.