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In good company: AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi with special children at St. Agnes School in Mangalore on Wednesday.
In good company: AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi with special children at St. Agnes School in Mangalore on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The memory of Rahul Gandhi’s touch, it seems, will linger on in the minds of some special children from St. Agnes School for the mentally challenged in the city. The Congress general secretary interacted with the children during a visit to the school as part of his ‘Discover India’ tour on Wednesday.

Briefing presspersons after the departure of Rahul’s cavalcade, the Principal Maria Shruthi said, “For our children, one touch, one handshake from someone like Rahul is a great thing.” Since most of the children here have speech and hearing disorders, the interaction is said to have happened mostly through gestures and handshakes. Although it is not clear whether the meaning of the visit would have filtered down to the kids, they seemed an excited lot as they emerged from the interaction.

The children were, however, made to wait for over two hours before Rahul finally arrived. Speaking on behalf of them, she said, “They are not tired at all. Meeting Rahul Gandhi took away all their exhaustion.”

Rahul also accepted a memorandum submitted by the school’s management demanding better facilities and release of overdue salary grants from the Government. Citing an example, Ms. Shruthi said that the founder principal of the school Maria Jyothi had not received her pension for the last six years.

There was drama of another sort outside the boundaries of the school as dozens of girls from the St. Agnes College waited for hours in the hot sun to get a glimpse of their hero. Speaking to The Hindu one of the girls said, “He is the best looking Indian politician. He should be in the movies.”

The girls got lucky as Rahul was leaving the school premises. In a surprise move, he stopped his car and got out to shake their outstretched hands. The move sent the girls into a screaming frenzy.

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