Rajasthan: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi got a warm welcome at Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh railway station on Friday morning as he reached the Congress-ruled state for a three-day ‘Chintan Shivir’ (brainstorming session).
In a video, shared by Congress MP Manickam Tagore, Rahul Gandhi can be seen stepping down from the train, greeting people with folded hands, and being welcomed by party workers with garlands and gifts.
Tagore wrote the video caption, “At 5 am, Chittorgarh Railway station… Our congress leader #RahulGandhi being greeted by Congress workers and local leaders (sic)”.
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Rahul Gandhi boarded a train for Udaipur, Rajasthan from Delhi’s Sarai Rohilla railway station along with some other senior leaders on Thursday to participate in key sessions ahead of several assembly elections due later this year and in 2023, and the crucial Lok Sabha election in 2024.
At the ‘Chintan Shivir’, the bigger focus is expected to be on the Lok Sabha elections. While organisational changes within the party are also likely to come up for discussions.
The party had faced a massive setback in the recently-concluded round of state polls as it lost Punjab too, the only state where it was in power. Despite hectic campaigns, the party was not able to make a mark in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur too.
The Shivir will focus on time-bound party restructuring, finding ways to combat politics of polarisation, and getting battle-ready for upcoming electoral challenges.
It will begin Friday afternoon following which over 400 delegates will discuss subject-specific issues across six groups.
These discussions will continue on the first and second days and the conclusions will be recorded in the form of a declaration, a draft of which will be discussed at the CWC meeting to be held there on the third and last day.