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I’m here to meet people of the State: Rahul Gandhi

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Exchanging ideas: AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi interacting with students at B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology in Hubli on Wednesday.
Exchanging ideas: AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi interacting with students at B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology in Hubli on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

Enjoying my stay in Karnataka, says AICC general secretary

HUBLI: AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi has made it clear he had not undertaken any yatra and just wanted to meet the people of Karnataka and interact with them.

Speaking to presspersons on his arrival at B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology in Hubli on Wednesday, he said his tour had been designed to meet the people of Karnataka

He said his tour of Karnataka had been very positive, and during the last two days he had met several people and talked to them. “I am enjoying my stay,” he said.

On what he would gain from his tour, he said: “Knowledge and experience. Everybody needs it”

Referring to the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s remark that his tour was a copy of his “Gram Vastavya” and comments from leaders of other political parties, Mr. Gandhi said he didn’t want to react to any political allegation.

Campaign

To a query, Mr. Gandhi said he was not in Karnataka to launch election campaign. “There are many leaders in the Congress to do that,” he said.

Earlier, Mr. Gandhi, who began his tour of north Karnataka, as part of his five-day State tour was welcomed by the former Minister H.K. Patil, the former president of Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee Sadanand Danganavar and others.

Soon after his arrival, Mr. Gandhi went to B.V. Bhoomaraddi College where he was scheduled to interact with students of various streams from various districts, members of NSUI and Youth Congress activists and office-bearers of party’s various units.

Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel had taken control of the C-Lite Hall in the college, where the interaction was organised. Except the participants at the interaction programme none was allowed to enter the building, including mediamen.

Congress leaders said that separate groups had been made for the interaction with Mr. Gandhi.

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