The Telegraph
Monday , February 3 , 2014
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Rahul likely to visit Ranchi

Ranchi, Feb. 2: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is likely to visit Jharkhand shortly to feel the pulse of electorate as well as party workers at the grassroots level.

However, unlike BJP’s prime ministerial probable Narendra Modi, Rahul will only have indoor interactions with representatives from different walks of life.

The state Congress unit has sent a request, along with detail itinerary of the proposed programme, to Rahul’s office, and if sources are to be believed he will visit the state either on February 6, 7 or 10.

“We are expecting the final communication (regarding the date) from his office by tomorrow. But, I believe his programme is more or less confirmed and it is just about fixing a date and time,” Congress general secretary Jharkhand in-charge B.K. Hariprasad told The Telegraph.

State Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat said, “As of now, we have selected three tentative dates — February 6, 7 and 10 — for his visit. Anyway, it is going to be one-day trip.”

State unit leaders held an informal meeting in Ranchi this afternoon to discuss preparations for the party vice-president’s visit.

Party sources said Rahul’s programme included interactions with youths, tribals, women and representatives from minority groups in Ranchi, besides meetings with senior state unit leaders.

Rahul’s visit is seen as part of the Congress’s effort to interact with people from cross sections of society and incorporate their views in the party’s manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections.

“This is a new kind of experiment that Rahulji has started to strike a chord with the common people. He wants to assess ground realities,” said national general secretary of National Youth Congress Dipika Singh Pandey.

Initially, the state Congress requested Rahul for a two-day visit and urged him to hold similar interactive programmes in Rajmahal, Bokaro and Dhanbad. But it was quite unlikely that Rahul would be available for two days.