New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi, who is part of a
committee set up by Sonia Gandhi to oversee party affairs in
her absence, will take part in the national flag hoisting
ceremony at the Congress headquarters here on August 15.
The AICC general secretary, who is currently in the US by
the side of his mother, will be back here before Independence
Day to take part in the celebrations.
The Congress President is in a US Hospital recuperating
after a surgery with a senior party leader, who declined to be
identified saying that "her recovery was normal and the
doctors find it on expected lines".
Rahul Gandhi, is one of the four members of the committee
set up by the AICC president to oversee party work in her
absence. The other three are A K Antony, Ahmed Patel and
Congress sources said senior party leaders will request
Rahul to unfurl the national flag but in case he declines,
the seniormost leader in the AICC Motilal Vohra could be asked
to do it.
Sources that on a previous occassion also, Vora had
unfurled national flag at the AICC headquarters on January 26,
last year when Gandhi was not well.
Rahul Gandhi will also be attending the August 20
function here to give away the Rajiv Gandhi National
The 19th edition of the award this year goes to
SPICMACAY, an institution working for the promotion of Indian
classical music and culture among the youth.
Sources in the party said Telugu film star Chiranjeevi,
who merged his party Praja Rajyam with the Congress, will also
be coming to the national capital to take party membership
formally at the AICC headquarters where Rahul Gandhi is
expected to be present.