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Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Rahul Gandhi holds roadshow in Dhanbad; seeks votes for Kirti Azad

Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday held a roadshow in support of party candidate Kirti Azad in the coal town of Dhanbad in Jharkhand. Congress President along with party candidate Kirti Azad rode an open vehicle and waived at thousands of people who were gathered on both sides of the road.

Congress who arrived in the city late as scheduled held a 1.5km stretch between Matkuriya check post to Bank More Birsa Munda Chowk. This was the first time a national president of any political party held a roadshow in Dhanbad.

Apart from party candidate, Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (JPCC) president Ajoy Kumar.

He, however, could not address the public at Birsa Chowk as scheduled due to a shortage of time as he arrived late.

Kirti Azad is currently an Outgoing MP from Bihar’s Darbhanga which he had won in 2014 on Bharatiya Janata Party. Kirti Azad, 60, spent over two decades in the BJP and is a three-time parliamentarian from Bihar’s Darbhanga.

He has been suspended from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for alleged anti-party activities. Before his suspension, he was a critic of Bhartiya Janata Party.

Azad was seeking ticket from the same parliamentary seat but Darbhanga seat went to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in a poll pact of Grand Alliance. Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad had in February earlier this year joined Congress in Presence Of Rahul Gandhi. He is pitched against BJP sitting MP Pashupati Nath Singh. Singh had in 2014 won the seat by over a margin of 2.50 Lakh votes.

Congress in Jharkhand has forged an alliance with Hemant Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and RJD.

Lok Sabha Polls is being held across Seven Phases from April 11 to May 19. Voting to 14 Lok Sabha Seats of the state is being held across in four phases- April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.

Counting of Votes and Results for the mega Battle of ballots will be announced on May 23 four days after the 7th phase of voting. Dhanbad Lok Sabha seat will go to polls on May 12.


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