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Rahul’s visit has enthused Kerala Congressmen: Sudheeran

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Kozhikode (Kerala): Kerala Congress president V.M. Sudheeran on Tuesday said the party rank and file were quite gung-ho over the two-day visit of party vice president Rahul Gandhi to the southern state starting Tuesday.

“All top leaders have arrived here to be with Rahul Gandhi during his meetings with a cross-section of people, including representatives of farmers and fishermen,” Sudheeran told.

Sudheeran said the ‘Rahul effect’ seen at the Kissan rally in Delhi last month has certainly given the Congress the much-needed impetus, after its poor performance in the last Lok Sabha elections.

“Not only has he been at his best since his return, be it in parliament or taking up a wide range of issues, but also the confidence level of an average Congress worker has gone up by leaps and bounds. This is visible in Kerala too, not only among the rank and file but also across all levels in our party,” said Sudheeran, who was handpicked by Gandhi last year to head the state party unit.

The Gandhi scion will arrive here later in the day and address a rally organised by the Youth Congress. On Wednesday morning, he will address fisherfolk at the Chavakad beach in Thrissur district.

“We see his address to the fisherfolk as very crucial since this particular community has moved slightly away from us for some reasons. We are confident that we will be able to prevail upon this community to support us. We have already taken them into confidence, and the party has been working towards this end under party MLA T.N. Prathapan,” added Sudheeran.

Asked to comment on Gandhi’s upcoming address, one in a group of fishermen at Chavakad beech said, “We are delighted that a national leader is coming to speak to us and hear us.”

Gandhi is also slated to hold discussions on Wednesday with leaders of various farmer organisations, especially rubber cultivators from near Kochi.

Former defence minister A.K. Antony told IANS that he was in Kozhikode to give Gandhi company during his visit.

“We are all waiting to hear him speak at the three meetings he will attend,” said Antony.

Meanwhile, the Congress leadership is viewing Gandhi’s visit as the launch of the party campaign for the local bodies’ elections expected to take place in October/November.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will also accompany Gandhi.

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Raksha Bandhan Celebrations with the soldiers of Indian Army at Pioneer Montessori Inter College

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Lucknow : Pioneer Montessori Inter College, Eldeco branch today celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the soldiers of the Indian Army in an event organized by the Veerta and Balidan organization headed by Mr. Soumitra Tripathi. This organization has been conducting Raksha Bandhan Celebrations for the Indian Army soldiers since 5 years. It is one of the most awaited event of the year when the students tie rakhis to the soldiers and show respect, love and gratitude for their courage and valour.


The Chief Guest for the event Mr. Mohsin Raza (Minister of Science and Technology U.P.) addressed the gathering of the soldiers and students. He motivated the students and shared with them the modern innovative facilities which are being provided by the government as per the Digital India Movement. The special guest for the event Brigadier Rahul Gupta and Mr. Pawan Singh,
Chairman of S.R. Group was also present for the event. The manager of Pioneer Montessori Schools, Mr. Brijendra Singh also shared his thoughts on the selfless love and the bond between brother and sister. He said that the rakhis are not only for the protection of the girls but also to protect the brothers and it is like a raksha-sutra for the safety of the brothers.

Inspector Arun Kumar who was present with more than 30 soldiers of SSB under him, felt very grateful and said that it was a matter of great pride and joy for him to be a part of such a celebration and that it is the most awaited day of the year for the soldiers. The students presented various cultural programmes for the soldiers and the girls tied rakhis to the guests and the soldiers. The soldiers also presented songs for the students, which filled the atmosphere with high energy. The SSB soldiers band played to all the tunes.

All the guests and army personnel were presented with mementos and bouquets as a token of appreciation by the Principal of the school Mrs. Sharmila Singh. Shri Raghvendra Rai ji, Shri Manish Singh ji, Ms. Shweta Srivastava ji, along with founder Shri. Saumitra Tripathi ji were present and representing the team of Veerta and Balidan Organisation.

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