Rahul to interact with youth in City today

Rahul to interact with youth in  City today

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to arrive in Bangalore on Saturday for a closed-door interaction with young achievers.

The programme, called “Your voice our pledge,” is part of preparations for the party’s manifesto for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

Gandhi is expected to land at Kempe Gowda International Airport around 1 pm in a special flight along with Union Information Minister Manish Tewari. He is expected to join the interaction at the Palace Grounds around 2 pm. He is likely to leave Bangalore around 5:30 pm, party sources said. 

The meeting, scheduled to commence at 10:30 am, is organised by Gandhi’s team members in the AICC. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot and other young leaders would manage the morning session, to be attended by about 250 young achievers from 21 states, including 28 from Karnataka. State Congress president G Parameshwara supervised the arrangements. The achievers, who have already arrived, are lodged in three and four-star hotels.

However, State Congress leaders till late on Friday evening were not fully aware of Gandhi’s itinerary. Neither Chief Minister Siddaramaiah nor State Congress chief G Parameshwara was invited to attend the brainstorming session, as it was not Karnataka-specific.

It has been pitched as an apolitical exercise. However, Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara would either welcome him or see him off. 

Like his previous interactive sessions, media would not be allowed at the event. A party leader involved in the preparations said it was a national-level meeting and only larger issues pertaining to the party would be discussed. 

Sources said Gandhi wanted to elicit the views of the youth and know their aspirations, that might find a reflection in the Congress manifesto. The exercise is seen as an effort to bring the party closer to educated youth. 

Several big names from the IT and BT industries, besides social activists, entrepreneurs, college students and representatives of the transgender community, are likely to attend. Roadside vendors, acid attack victims and farmers are also invited, sources said. But, the party did not divulge the names of the invitees. 

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