Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will address party workers at a four-hour-long interactive session in Lucknow on Friday afternoon to energise the cadre for the 2017 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
This is the first major interactive session by Rahul after he, along with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, launched the party’s election campaign by flagging off the “27 Saal- UP behaal” yatra in New Delhi early this month.
The Congress had set up a new team headed by state party president Raj Babbar and declared Sheila Dikshit as its chief ministerial face.
A 10-feet high open podium has been erected to give a wider visibility to Rahul and other senior leaders at the Ramabai Ambedkar grounds where about 50,000 party workers are expected to assemble from different districts.
Rahul is expected to walk along a nearly 40-feet long ramp (with extension to left and right sides) to answer the questions from partymen at nearly a four-hour long session titled UP Declaration. Questions would be selected on random basis.
Rahul’s march to Raj Bhawan after the programme, however, has been cancelled for denial of permission for security reasons.
“Our main objective is to hold unhindered interaction of Rahul Gandhi with the partymen and take a pledge to free the state from 27-year misrule and bring the Congress back to power in Uttar Pradesh,” said Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) communications department chairman Satyadev Tripathi.
Babbar, along with party’s campaign committee chairman Sanjay Singh, visited the venue and reviewed the arrangements being made there.
As per programme, registration would start at about 9am. In all, 30 control rooms and 90 registration desks have been set up to enable smooth registration process. Rahul is expected to reach the venue at about 3pm.