Rahul Gandhi to address public in Naxal-hit UP areas

Keen to make inroads into the Bundelkhand region, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is likely to hold public meetings there as part of the ongoing party yatra.

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2010, 00:37 AM IST

Lucknow: Keen to make inroads into the
Bundelkhand region, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is
likely to hold public meetings there as part of the ongoing
party yatra.

"UPCC has requested Rahul Gandhi to participate in a
public meeting in Bundelkhand and another in naxal-affected
Sonebhadra or Mirzapur district during the yatra, before May
31," Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Rita Bahuguna
Joshi said today.

"A similar request would also be made to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh for addressing meeting along with Rahul in the
Bundelkhand region," Joshi said, adding Congress president
Sonia Gandhi would be requested to address a rally in Western
UP.

The Yatra, to commemorate the 125th year of Congress`
foundation, was flagged off by Rahul Gandhi from Ambedkar
Nagar on April 14, coinciding with the birth anniversary of
Dalit icon B R Ambedkar.

Party sources said the response to the yatra has been
very encouraging and it is generating interest among the
people.

The party has deployed Dalit leaders including those who
had been associated with the BSP in the past like Raj Bahadur
and Balihari Babu to attack the state government, they said.

-PTI