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Rahul visit to enthuse youths

Ranchi, Sept. 21: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi will come for a two-day visit to Jharkhand on September 25-26.

Confirming it, state Congress chief Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu told newsmen today that Rahul would meet persons cutting across different strata in both Ranchi and Bokaro.The party will organise a programme for Rahul in Ranchi on September 25, where he will meet elected panchayat representatives and listen to their problems. Later, Rahul will interact with members of Tana Bhagat groups from places such as Lohardaga, Gumla and Bero.

He will also hold a meeting with block and district presidents of the Congress on the same day. “The venue has not yet been fixed, but we will do so soon. We will also draw up a detailed itinerary for different programmes,” Balmuchu added.

On September 26, Rahul will go to Bokaro and meet present and former Congress legislators and parliamentarians. Congressmen are hoping that Rahul’s visit shores up enthusiasm for their party.

Currently, of the 81 MLAs in Jharkhand, only 13 are from the Congress. Party in-charge for Jharkhand Shakeel Ahmed is expected to reach Ranchi tomorrow from Patna and stay in Jharkhand till September 27 to ensure Rahul’s visit goes off smoothly.

During the last general elections, Rahul had toured Jharkhand to campaign for the Congress. His last visit here was in October 2009, when he inspired youths to join his party.