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Cong bid to soothe nerves

Bokaro, Aug. 11: The state Congress today kicked off its preparations for the coming Assembly elections with a massive meeting of party workers in Bokaro.

Over thousand party members assembled at Sector XII community hall where senior Congress leaders tried to boost the morale of grassroots workers, who are still trying to get over the humiliating defeat in the recent Lok Sabha polls.

Congress national general secretary in-charge of Jharkhand B.K. Hariprasad, state unit chief Sukhdeo Bhagat and CLP leader Rajendra Prasad Singh, among others, were present.

Addressing the workers, Hariprasad said the Congress party might have been down but not out. “Only people living in a fool’s paradise would term the Congress a spent force. We will bounce back with a bang, proving all political pundits wrong,” he said amid applauds.

Hariprasad asked workers to reach out to the voters and highlight welfare schemes launched by the previous UPA government for the benefits of common people.

Also, Hariprasad sought to allay fears among party leaders over ticket distribution for the Assembly polls and said only dedicated members would get the opportunity to represent the party. “We will not give tickets to any turncoat. The party leaders have already started scrutinising all probable candidates to select only the best names,” he said.