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Sonia, Rahul unlikely to campaign in Seemandhra region
Congress leaders are hoping to gain electorally in Telangana region with her visit as people are trusting her determination only helped the bifurcation of the state. She will be addressing election meeting in Karimnagar on Apr 16. Here only during 2004 polls for the first time she committed to favor formation of Telangana state while saying that the Congress is aware of their intentions and promised them the party would realise their dreams.

The Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting in Warangal on Apr 18. Party leaders are also making moves to arrange their meetings in some other districts also.

Obviously these programmes are intended to cash in on the goodwill the party secured for granting the separate State.

However, the Congress leaders in Seemandhra region fear even to carry her photo in their campaign materials. According to sources, a section of Congress leaders have advised the party chief not to address any public meeting in the Seemandhra region on the ground that there were serious security concerns.

They are apprehensive that there might be protests if she or Rahul visits the region. But what is more concerning for the party leaders is that there might be a poor turnout of people to her meetings as they are disillusioned with the Congress leadership post-bifurcation.

On the issue of apprehensions over Sonia's campaigns, a senior party leader said it was a tough call as the party cadres would get demoralised if the top leadership avoids campaigning there. However, he agreed that issues had to be factored in before arriving at a decision. In the end it would have to be her call, the leader declared.

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