Amid the government's new-found zeal to undertake reforms and clear avenues for FDI in the economy, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi will embark on a two-day tour of Punjab from Wednesday. The tour assumes significance as FDI in retail is seen as a hot issue in the state with a large section of Punjab farmers supporting the move of the Centre.
Sources close to Gandhi told HT that this tour is a part of his ongoing visit to various states to rejuvenate the organisation. But in his interactions with party MPs, MLAs, district unit heads, PCC brass and frontal organisations such as the Youth Congress or NSUI, Gandhi is likely to address the issue of FDI and prepare the blueprint for the party's campaign in favour of reforms.
Gandhi will visit Amritsar and Chandigarh during his tour.
During his recent tour to Jammu and Kashmir, he had strongly defended the FDI policy as beneficial to farmers. In Punjab, the opposition-ruled government had initially supported the idea but did a U-turn under political pressure. "Gandhi will directly interact with different levels of the organisation and discuss current issues," said a party source.