Kharge, Rahul, Priyanka notch up 100-plus rallies, roadshows each as LS poll campaign ends

New Delhi, May 30 (PTI) In a campaign blitz to boost the Congress’ chances in the Lok Sabha polls, party president Mallikarjun Kharge, former party chief Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra notched up more than 100 public outreach programmes each.

Rahul Gandhi campaigned for the Congress in Punjab on Thursday, the last day of campaigning for the seventh and final phase of voting, while Priyanka Gandhi held a roadshow in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan.

As curtains came down on the poll campaigning, party sources said Kharge participated in 100-plus rallies, over 20 press conferences and more than 70 interviews and media interactions.

Rahul Gandhi participated in 107 rallies, roadshows, interactions and major campaign events, the sources said.

Priyanka Gandhi also ran a spirited campaign by taking part in 108 public meetings and roadshows. She also gave more than 100 media bytes, one TV interview and five print interviews during her marathon election campaign, they said.

Priyanka Gandhi camped in Rae Bareli and spearheaded the party’s campaign there and in adjacent Amethi for about two weeks.

While Rahul Gandhi contested from Rae Bareli, the Congress had fielded the Gandhi family’s close aide K L Sharma from Amethi to take on BJP’s Smriti Irani.

Political observers said Priyanka Gandhi took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and countered his attacks on the Congress during her whirlwind campaign.

She campaigned in 16 states and one union territory. Priyanka Gandhi also addressed two conferences of thousands of workers in Amethi and Rae Bareli.

Rahul Gandhi also addressed some public meetings along with Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav in Bihar and sought votes for the INDIA bloc candidates.

How successful the campaign blitz was will only be known on June 4, when the poll results are scheduled to be declared.

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