Congress leaders in the district have started preparing for the Malda rally to be addressed by their national president Rahul Gandhi on 23 March.
The Congress party organisation is gearing up for Rahul Gandhi’s proposed meeting at the Kalambagan field within Chanchal police limits. Senior leaders of the party have started paying visits to the place. Party leaders said they were expecting over 2 lakh people to assemble there to see and hear Gandhi speak.
Apart from district leaders such as Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury, Mustaq Alam, and Alberuni Zulkarnine, and state president Soumen Mitra, an observer of the Congress, Javed Ahmed, inspected the field on Friday and oversaw preparations for the meeting.
According to party sources, there is a mixed feeling in the area over the Congress candidate for the North Malda seat, as names of leaders like Isha Khan Choudhury and Deepa Dasmunsi do the rounds. A large area of this seat earlier fell under the Raiganj Lok Sabha constituency before the North Malda seat was created, while the influence of popular party leader, the late Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, is still expected to pay dividends to the Congress here. “The other major factor for the party in this seat will be to stop Mausam Noor, the niece of ABA Ghani Khan Choudhury who is contesting as a Trinamul leader,” a party leader said.