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Cong targets 25 NE Lok Sabha seats

By SPl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, July 19 � With the AICC targeting to capture the maximum of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in North East, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has convened a meeting of the Chief Ministers and PCC presidents of the region on July 27.

Party sources said that the meeting, which has been mainly convened to explain the provisions of the Food Security Scheme, would also undertake a review of the party position in the region, said sources.

Sources added that the Congress Chief Ministers would be impressed to try and wrest maximum number of Lok Sabha seats in the North East. Considered a strong bastion of the ruling party, the Congress currently has 13 of the 25 seats. With Assam having a maximum number of 14 seats, the pressure obviously would be on Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to retain at least all the 14 Lok Sabha seats.

It may be mentioned that last week, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh held a meeting of the Chief Ministers on the Food Security Scheme.

Meanwhile, the AICC on Friday organised an exclusive briefing on the North East, which was addressed by DoNER Minister, Paban Singh Ghatowar. Replying to questions, Ghatowar said the prospects of the Congress are very bright. At present, out of 25 Lok Sabha seats, the Congress has 13 and we have the support of three other MPs and we hope to increase the tally in the coming Lok Sabha elections to 20 seats on our own,� he asserted.

On the question of �D� voters in Assam, Ghatowar said the Congress believes that minority people should not be harassed and the process of law should take its own course.

Meanwhile, admitting that connectivity in the North East was major problem, Ghatowar said 10 national projects have been undertaken with the help of Government of India. The Power Ministry, in association with the Ministry DoNER, is working on a project worth Rs 11,000 crore to evacuate power from the NE region. Since external agencies are not funding in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, the DoNER Ministry has committed Rs 3,000 crore for the modernisation, transmission and distribution lines in the region.

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Cong targets 25 NE Lok Sabha seats

NEW DELHI, July 19 � With the AICC targeting to capture the maximum of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in North East, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has convened a meeting of the Chief Ministers and PCC presidents of the region on July 27.

Party sources said that the meeting, which has been mainly convened to explain the provisions of the Food Security Scheme, would also undertake a review of the party position in the region, said sources.

Sources added that the Congress Chief Ministers would be impressed to try and wrest maximum number of Lok Sabha seats in the North East. Considered a strong bastion of the ruling party, the Congress currently has 13 of the 25 seats. With Assam having a maximum number of 14 seats, the pressure obviously would be on Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to retain at least all the 14 Lok Sabha seats.

It may be mentioned that last week, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh held a meeting of the Chief Ministers on the Food Security Scheme.

Meanwhile, the AICC on Friday organised an exclusive briefing on the North East, which was addressed by DoNER Minister, Paban Singh Ghatowar. Replying to questions, Ghatowar said the prospects of the Congress are very bright. At present, out of 25 Lok Sabha seats, the Congress has 13 and we have the support of three other MPs and we hope to increase the tally in the coming Lok Sabha elections to 20 seats on our own,� he asserted.

On the question of �D� voters in Assam, Ghatowar said the Congress believes that minority people should not be harassed and the process of law should take its own course.

Meanwhile, admitting that connectivity in the North East was major problem, Ghatowar said 10 national projects have been undertaken with the help of Government of India. The Power Ministry, in association with the Ministry DoNER, is working on a project worth Rs 11,000 crore to evacuate power from the NE region. Since external agencies are not funding in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, the DoNER Ministry has committed Rs 3,000 crore for the modernisation, transmission and distribution lines in the region.

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