With the BJP anointing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, the state Congress chief Manikrao Thakre on Sunday said there was no need for the party to make any such announcement as vice-president Rahul Gandhi was undoubtedly their leader.
Addressing media on Gandhi’s state tour on September 24 and 25, Thakre said, “Congress will be led by Rahul Gandhi and there is no doubt about it. We are not worried (about announcement) and there is no need for the party to take any decision on leadership. Nobody is disagreement over this (Rahul’s leadership),” said Thakre.
Thakre said Gandhi’s state visit has nothing to do with the party’s preparation for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
“He has been going around the country for the past two-three years. He has been holding meetings with various party functionaries including the district and the block level workers,” he added.
On Tuesday, Rahul will conduct day-long “closed door” meetings with party functionaries at Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex in Balewadi.
“Rahulji will meet workers from Vidarbha and some districts of Marathwada and Khandesh in Nagpur on Tuesday. The next day he will meet workers from rest of the state, barring Mumbai, in Pune. He had visited Mumbai some time ago,” said Thakre.
Thakre added, “Rahul will hold several rounds of one-on-one meetings with party workers. He will review work going on at different levels and will get feedback on programmes undertaken by the party from workers.”
Sukhpal Khera of Punjab Congress Committee, who is in the city to oversee preparations for Gandhi’s conclave, said there will be closed doors meetings which will not even be accessible media.
“He will not address any public rally,” added Khera.