Countering Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much talked about ‘Chai pe Charcha’, loyal Congressmen have now coined the new ‘Chane pe Charcha’ in Amethi as party vice president Rahul Gandhi interacted with party workers over ‘laiyya-chana’ – a staple snack in this part of Uttar Pradesh.
Gandhi, who arrived in his parliamentary constituency for two day visit late on wednesday night , interacted with party workers and visited the homes of some party loyalists to express his condolences on death of their near and dear ones.
Maintaining distance from the media following him, he refused to comment on any issue, including the developments in neighbouring Uttarakhand where the high court struck down president’s rule and restored the Congress government.
Gandhi’s one-on-one meeting with the workers at the party office in Ghorha village lasted for more than an hour. He also met family members of three party leaders, who were killed in a road mishap here in the last week of February.
Later Gandhi visited the district party office and held parleys with them on various issues and local problems. It was after a gap of two years that such a meeting was held at the district HQ, a leader told IANS. The last time a meeting of this sort took place was after the 2014 Lok Sabha debacle.
On the same day, election strategist Prashant Kishore, lined up to revive party’s fortunes, held a meeting with office bearers of various frontal organisations in the state capital.
Party leaders, while circumspect about the party’s future in the state, however conceded that Gandhi had become more accessible than before and gave them a patient hearing.
Before winding up his two-day visit, the Congress vice-president went from village to village to meet partymen, pay condolences and attend some social programmes . He is expected to visit Amethi next month to take part in a training programme. (IANS)