Rahul Gandhi in Rajasthan, Gujarat today:
Congress president Rahul Gandhi (left) with Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot at a rally in Ajmer. (Source: @incindia/Twitter)

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had a busy schedule on Thursday as he targetted the Modi government at Ajmer (Rajasthan) and Valsad (Gujarat) over a number of issues ranging from Rafale to black money, farmers’ issues to GST. At Congress’ Sewa Dal National Convention in Ajmer, Rahul took a jibe at the Narendra Modi-led Centre and sounded the poll bugle ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

He headed to Valsad in Gujarat in the afternoon to address a public meeting — his first in the state since 2017. While speaking at the Jan Aakrosh Rally in Gujarat, Gandhi criticised the BJP-led government at the Centre for insulting the tribals, farmers and favouring a few industrialists. Gandhi has been on the offensive, targeting the BJP over what he says is a scam in the Rafale deal and accusing the ruling government of destroying the credibility of institutions.

Gandhi’s rallies come a day after leaders from Opposition parties came together in New Delhi in a show of strength against the BJP-led NDA. Rahul Gandhi (Congress), Mamata Banerjee (TMC), N Chandrababu Naidu (TDP), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Arvind Kejriwal (AAP) and Farooq Abdullah (National Conference) met last night and discussed the idea of a national pre-poll alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with a common minimum programme.