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Congress yatra

Ranchi, Feb. 11: Ranchi MP Subodh Kant Sahay today launched a “Sonia-Rahul Sandesh Yatra” during which he will tour his constituency in an effort to kickstart preparations for the next Lok Sabha polls.

In tune with the decision taken at the recent Congress conclave in Jaipur, Sahay plans to meet people, listen to their problems and apprise them of his party’s efforts to step up all-round development of the state.

After paying floral tributes to tribal icon Birsa Munda at his burial ground in the Kokar area of Ranchi, Sahay headed to Chandil in Seraikela-Kharsawan where he addressed over half a dozen meetings in various parts of Ichagarh assembly constituency.

“Jharkhand has been ruined under BJP-JMM rule and it is high time the people got united to help form a stable government during the coming elections,” he said.

Tomorrow, the MP would be touring various parts of the Ichagarh Assembly segment.

Hatia, Silli, Ichagarh, Ranchi, Kanke and Khijri Assembly segments come under Ranchi Lok Sabha constituency. Only Khijri is held by the Congress.

After the Congress’s defeat in the Hatia Assembly byelection, Sahay’s hold over the area has been in question. Rivals are doubting his future prospects in the next Lok Sabha elections.

Further, Sahay’s name cropping up in the coal-gate scam and his subsequent dismissal from the Union Cabinet have given fillip to his opponents’ campaign that he was on shaky ground.

“People know the truth. The baseless propaganda by my political rivals wouldn’t yield anything. Moreover, this is not my election campaign. I will be giving appropriate replies at the opportune moment,” he said told The Telegraph over telephone.