Rahul's Azamgarh trip part of a long process: Cong

New Delhi: Congress today said Rahul Gandhi's proposed visit to Azamgarh to meet college students should not be interpreted in any other way and should be seen as "another joint in a long chain" of the AICC General Secretary's countrywide interactions.

"Gandhi has been carrying on a quiet revolution among students. He interacts with students at an all India basis... this (Gandhi's proposed trip to Azamgarh) has to be seen as another joint in a long chain, a part of a long process. I don't think you should read and interpret it in any other way," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.

Gandhi's proposed visit to Azamgarh was announced by AICC General Secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh Digvijay Singh yesterday after he had met Congress President Sonia Gandhi to give her a report on his earlier visit to the Uttar Pradesh town, where he had raised doubts over the Batla house encounter of September 19, 2008, sparking a controversy.

Asked about the dates of Gandhi's visit, the Congress spokesperson said, "No clear date or programme of Rahul Gandhi's visit is available now."

Singh had yesterday said that Gandhi would be holding discussions with students of Shibli National College at Azamgarh, which had a rich contribution to Indian freedom struggle and with which leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Motilal Nehru and Jawaharlal Nehru were attached.