August 31, 2016 12:59:37 am
EARLIER, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi sought to connect with people through his ‘chai pe charcha; campaign. Now, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is hoping to do the same with his ‘khaat (charpoy) sabhas’ in Uttar Pradesh. While the party is not calling it ‘khaat pe charcha’ due to obvious reasons, the idea is the same. During Rahul’s kisan yatra next month, the party will organise ‘khaat sabhas’ at many places, where he will interact with residents. While Rahul has held many yatras in UP, this one is different. He is giving primacy to interactions with residents, and the usual group of state leaders who surround him will be absent — they have been told to accompany the separate yatras by Sheila Dikshit and Raj Babbar, which are currently underway.
WITH THE Rashtrapati Bhavan hosting Onam celebrations this weekend, and cultural programmes like Theyyam, Mohiniyattam and an athapookkalam (floral arrangement) adding to the flavour, many are wondering whether President Pranab Mukherjee will wear a Kerala-style mundu for the event. Mukherjee wore a mundu when he visited Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram earlier. Officials are hoping his press secretary, Venu Rajamony, will be able to persuade the President to wear a mundu this time too.
Setting The Stage
WILL RAHUL Gandhi be elevated as the Congress president in November? With the party deciding to convene an AICC session in November, there is speculation once again. The session is to mark the 100th birth anniversary of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and Bengaluru is among the probable venues. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has already set up two panels to commemorate the event. Many party leaders are of the view that an AICC session to mark Indira Gandhi’s birth centenary would be the best stage for Rahul’s elevation.
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