Congress party workers in the city got a rare opportunity to interact with the party’s vice president, Rahul Gandhi, in a live chat at Congress Bhawan in Sector 35 on Saturday.
Among the senior Congress leaders present were Pawan Bansal, the party’s candidate from Chandigarh, and Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president BB Bahl.
Rahul connected with party workers across India through Google Hangout.
The first of its kind live video chat session, open only to Congress workers, was held between 11 am 12 pm. The workers were able to see Rahul on a large LCD screen with an internet connection.
Gurbax Rawat, head of CTCC’s social media cell, who was the mediator at the session, said: “Congress workers and leaders of local party units seldom get a chance to directly interact with Rahul Gandhi and this is an opportunity for them to ask him questions”.
She added similar sessions would be held for the party’s office bearers and leaders.
“It’s aimed at bridging the gap between party workers and leaders”.
Earlier party workers were asked to post their queries on the Congress website after which participants in Saturday’s live video chat session were shortlisted.
One of the two workers selected in the city was HS Lucky, district president, Urban I, who had asked Rahul how he would empower youth if the Congress returned to power.
The other question was by Harmail Kesari, general secretary of the Youth Congress, who asked about health and education empowerment.