Much significance is being attached to party vice-president Rahul Gandhis two-day visit to the state that begins on October 3. This visit is expected to boost the morale of party leaders and workers,given the partys debacle in the Assembly polls last year.
Party workers feel that the interest taken by Rahul in the states politics will have a positive impact on ending factionalism,which has been the key reason for the present state of affairs of the party in the state and also what is keeping it away from political power since 1995.
Several party leaders,who attended the partys state executive meeting three days ago,told The Indian Express that factionalism has affected the party more than anything else. They said various factions worked against the official candidates in as many as 30 constituencies in the Assembly polls,thus harming the party interest directly.
Refusing to talk about factionalism,state party spokesperson Manish Doshi said,Rahul Gandhis first visit after becoming the partys VP will certainly strengthen the organisation.
Party workers say that though action was taken against former deputy chief minister Narhari Amin by denying Assembly ticket to him for his alleged anti-party activities and promoting groupism,workers say that there are yet a couple of stronger leaders who formed their own factions within the party to promote their personal interests.
Rahul will hold a meeting with the state and district party leaders at Ahmedabad and Rajkot for better understanding of the partys situation. While Rahul will address party leaders from south and central Gujarat in Ahmedabad on October 3,he will address party leaders from Saurashtra,Kutch and North Gujarat in Rajkot on October 4. He will address the national executive meeting of the NSUI at Ahmedabad on October 3.