Rahul to meet leaders, workers at AICC headquarters every week

As he sets to revive the organisation, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has decided to have regular interactions with party workers and leaders at the AICC office here.

Rahul will meet party leaders and delegations from states at the AICC headquarters every Tuesday and Friday whenever he is in the national capital.

"It is an encouraging step that he will spend time in the Congress office," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters when asked to comment on Rahul's meetings.

A senior Congress leader said Gandhi would also meet party workers at a 'janata darbar' every Saturday.

After she took over as Congress President in 1998, Sonia Gandhi preferred meeting party leaders and workers at her official 10, Janpath residence adjacent to the AICC Headquarters.

Rahul Gandhi has been holding regular meetings with party leaders at his 12, Tughlaq Lane residence.

However, his presence at the party office may force AICC office bearers to remain present at the headquarters. Only a handful of Congress leaders such as Motilal Vora, Janardan Dwivedi, B K Hariprasad, C P Joshi and R P N Singh are regularly seen at the AICC headquarters.

Meanwhile, the Congress President continued his Twitter jibes at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"He claims he is a common man, but embraces only the privileged. Modiji, what is your compulsion... it's important that farmers, labourers and jawans are also hugged," Gandhi said.

Gandhi's remarks came after Modi defended his trademark hugging of world leaders in a TV interview, saying he was unaware of laid down protocols as he is a common man.

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