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Rahul Gandhi in Mumbai for defamation case, will meet Cong leaders to discuss poll plans

After attending Bhiwandi court, where charges against him are likely to be framed, the Congress president will meet party workers, senior leaders.

mumbai Updated: Jun 12, 2018 11:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Rahul Gandhi outside Mumbai airport with state Congress leaders.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi arrived in Mumbai early Tuesday morning to attend court at Bhiwandi in connection with a defamation case filed against him, after which he will address a rally of booth-level party workers and officebearers.

State Congress leaders, including state president Ashok Chavan, leader of Opposition in state Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, vice-chairman of legislative council Manikrao Thakre, All India Congress Committee general secretary state in-charge Mohan Prakash and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, welcomed him at the Mumbai airport.

On his way to Bhiwandi court, Gandhi was welcomed by Congress workers as he passed through Thane; he greeted party workers by slowing down his car.

After attending court at 11am, Gandhi will head to Mumbai Exhibition Centre in Goregaon (east) to address the rally. Later, at 6pm, he is scheduled to meet Mumbai’s Congress corporators at MCA club in Bandra-Kurla Complex, and then a meeting with state-level leaders on Tuesday night.

“Rahulji will blow the election bugle in Mumbai on Tuesday. State leaders will discuss many issues with him, including candidates for the forthcoming legislative council elections to the alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party [NCP] and other smaller parties, and the strategy for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. They are also expected to ask for his dates for the division-wise rallies to be held across the state,” said a senior leader, who did not wish to be named.

On Wednesday, Gandhi will go to Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district to visit the family of late Dadaji Khobragade, an award-winning paddy farmer who invented many varieties of paddy. He will fly from Mumbai to Nagpur on Wednesday morning and take a chopper from Nagpur to Nanded village, where the Khobragades live. Later, he will address a farmers’ ‘chaupal’ (village meeting) there before flying back to Delhi in the evening.

The defamation case, in which the court is likely to frame charges against Gandhi on Tuesday, was filed by RSS worker Rajesh Kunte in 2014, after Gandhi allegedly made a statement linking the RSS to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. He has appeared in the same court on a couple of occasions over the past three years.

First Published: Jun 12, 2018 11:13 IST