by IANS |
Jaipur, May 16 (IANS) After the Congress' three-day Chintan Shivir held in Udaipur, party leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday offered prayers at the Beneshwar Dham in Rajasthan's tribal-dominated Banswara district.
He first offered prayers at the Beneshwar Dham and then laid the foundation stone of the Beneshwar Dham High Level Bridge.
He also addressed a gathering where he greeted people on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.
Sources have said that Rahul Gandhi's visit just after Chintan Shivir gives out a strong political message and also reveals Congress' concerns as the AAP in Gujarat has formed an alliance with the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP).
Tribals have been the traditional vote bank of Congress, however, after the BJP, local parties have also made a dent in it in Rajasthan.
Congress suffered heavy losses in the 2018 Rajasthan Assembly and 2019 Lok Sabha elections after the rise of the BTP in the tribal-dominated seats of Banswara-Dungarpur, Pratapgarh, and Udaipur.
BTP won two seats in the 2018 polls.
Congress leaders say that the BTP-AAP alliance in Gujarat can cause big losses to the party and hence Rahul Gandhi's visit.
Rahul Gandhi held meetings in Banswara before the 2018 Rajasthan Assembly and 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
When Sachin Pilot was PCC chief of Rajasthan, rallies of Rahul Gandhi were held in Banswara, Dungarpur, and Beneshwar.
This gathering at Beneshwar Dham is considered important with respect to making a mark in tribal area. During the Lok Sabha elections, a meeting was held in Beneshwar in April 2019, but Congress did not get a single seat.
Sonia Gandhi has also had held meetings in this tribal-dominated district.