Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is likely to tour Maharashtra from February 28 to March 1 to campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Mohan Prakash, general secretary of the All India Congress Committee and in-charge of party operations in Maharashtra, said on Friday that the party was planning to hold a roadshow and a rally in Mumbai on March 1. Mr. Prakash was speaking after inaugurating six chariots specially designed by the party’s Mumbai unit for the election campaign. “Mr. Gandhi will visit rural Maharashtra before touring Mumbai,” he said.

Mr. Prakash said the commotion over the meeting between BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar had died down.

“Pawar is a leader with strong secular credentials and apart from being NCP chief he is one of the most important leaders of the UPA.”

He said the seat-sharing deal which was worked out at a recent meet in Delhi would stand. It was decided that Congress would contest 26 of the 48 seats in Maharashtra, while the NCP would put up candidates for the rest.