In view of Fridays meetings with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi,party workers from across the Saurashtra-Kutch region as well as North Gujarat have started arriving in the city on Thursday. They will also be attending the state executive meet the same day.
A few leaders from Kutch have already arrived in the city,while many more from other districts are expected to reach later in the night. Those from neighbouring districts like Jamnagar,Junagadh and Surendranagar would come tomorrow morning. The reporting time is 8 am, Rajkot city unit Congress president Jashwant Bhatti said.
According to local party leaders,around 2,500 party workers,office-bearers and elected leaders of the party from 13 districts and 19 units of the party would attend the meetings to be headed by Rahul.
Besides Rajkot,Jamnagar,Porbandar,Junagadh,Amreli,Bhavnagar,Surendranagar and Kutch districts of Saurashtra,Congress workers from Gandhinagar,Patan,Mehsana,Sabarkantha and Banaskantha would also interact with the Congress vice-president.
In all,Rahul will hold five meetings with the district leaders,each lasting around 30 minutes. They would be followed by a general meeting of 1,600 Congressmen,elected in district and taluka panchayats,municipalities and municipal corporations,former and sitting MLAs and MPs . The state executive is scheduled to begin at 4 pm,Viram Rabari,retired IPS officer and current chairman of Maldhari cell of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) said on Thursday.
Rabari,who has served as the police commissioner of Rajkot,has been camping in the city for the past two days to oversee the preparation for Rahuls visit.
There is no agenda for the meetings with the district leaders. The Congress vice-president would listen to local party leaders and workers. It will be like interactive sessions. No agenda has been set for the executive either, Rabari said.
Rabari said that for convenience,the district and city units had been divided into five groups, each containing around 100 to 180 representatives.
A huge dome has been erected at Nil City Club,the venue of the meetings on Kalavad road of the city.
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