Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi toured three Jharkhand districts on Friday, holding closed-door meetings with various groups in Ranchi.
With the CPM calling for a statewide bandh, Rahul’s Hazaribagh-Ramgarh-Ranchi road show was abandoned and he could only travel 25 km by road. For the rest of the tour, he used a chopper.
Rahul’s day began in Ranchi, where he interacted with about 800 tribal women and spoke on the need to empower women. The media was not allowed to cover the event, though it was streamed live on the Congress’s YouTube channel. From there, Rahul travelled to Hazaribagh, Ramgarh and Ormanjhi. On returning to Ranchi, he met representatives of various religious minorities.
On several occasions during his interaction with tribal women, he asked Congress leaders not to interrupt those who were trying to make a point. Among the issues discussed were the need for a separate Sarna code, better schools, hike in pay for anganwadi sevikas, human trafficking and witch hunting.
“We have to give power to women. That will happen through education, health and political power,” Rahul said, adding that he will work to give more power to local bodies.