Rahul Gandhi to participate in next phase of Jana Chaitanya bus yatra in Telangana

Congress president Rahul Gandhi would participate in the next phase of the party's Jana Chaitanya bus yatra in Telangana, beginning in the first week of next month.

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Gandhi is likely to address a series of street corner meetings as part of the yatra in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy. The date and venue are likely to be finalised in the next few days.

The date and venue were likely to be finalised in the next few days.

In the three phases of the bus yatra held so far, Congress leaders, led by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N Uttam Kumar Reddy, have covered 40 out of 119 assembly segments in the state, where the assemby and Lok Sabha elections are to be held simultaneously next year.

Addressing a press conference at the AICC headquarters in Delhi on Monday, Reddy said that the party was planning to ensure an early release of its manifesto and also an early announcement of its candidates. He said that a delay in the release of the party’s manifesto and KCR’s lucrative promises were the main reasons behind the party’s loss in the 2014 elections. Therefore he said that the manifesto, at both the national and the state levels, would be released early this time.

Reddy, a former top IAF officer, also criticised the BJP for not divulging price details of the Rafale fighter jets. “I’m a former fighter pilot and had flown MIG-21 and MIG-23 while serving at Pakistan and China borders. There is no need to reveal the fighting capabilities like the range, missiles, etc..But, the price cannot be a secret,” he said.

BJP had been making “a hue and cry” over the AgustaWestland helicopters over pricing issue, while it wants to keep the cost of Rafale a secret, he said.

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