We will pass Lokpal Bill, just wait and watch: Rahul Gandhi

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 04, 2012 13:49 hrs

Hundreds of Congress workers, including union ministers, have gathered at the Ramlila Maidan here on Sunday for a mega rally which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi are to address to give a push to the UPA government's economic agenda with the 2014 general elections in mind.

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today promised to get the Lokpal Bill passed in parliament in the coming months, even as he attacked the opposition for preventing the anti-corruption legislation's passage earlier.

"We will get the (Lokpal) bill passed in parliament soon. Wait and watch," Rahul Gandhi assured his party workers who had gathered in large numbers at the Ramlila Ground in the capital for the Congress party's massive rally in support of the UPA government's economic reforms and policies.

"Opposition parties stalled the Lokpal Bill in the previous sessions of parliament. But we will bring it again," he said.
The mega rally coincides with the Himachal Pradesh asembly elections, voting for which began in the morning in the hill state.

The rally in the heart of the capital is expected to be a clear show of strength at a time when the Congress is under all round attack. Congress chief ministers, state unit chiefs, heads of block and district units, MPs, legislators and leaders of the party's frontal organisations are all expected to attend.

The party will hold an informal review-cum-strategy meet Nov 9 at Surajkund, near Delhi.

The Surajkund meet will be attended by Congress Working Committee members, general secretaries in charge of states, cabinet ministers and ministers of state with independent charge.

At Sunday's rally, the prime minister and Sonia Gandhi are expected to explain the government's recent push for economic reforms, especially the move to allow foreign direct investment ( FDI) in multi-brand retail trade.

The mass rally comes at a time when Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has accused the Congress of violating law by giving loan to the Associated Newspapers and asked the Election Commission to de-recognise it.

India Against Corruption has also accused Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi, and new External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid of corruption.

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