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Sonia, Rahul to visit state in second week of February


OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Jan 31:

Days ahead of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s visit to the state on February 11, UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi will come on a two-day visit to Odisha in the second week of February.

Gandhis : Mother and son
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi

While Gandhi is likely to address six meetings on February 9 and 10, efforts are being made to invite party chief Sonia Gandhi to address an adivasi adhikar rally at Kalahandi, party sources said, adding they would not visit Bhubaneswar.

Rahul Gandhi, who initially wanted to visit the state in the first week of February, however, deferred his visit in view of the Rajya Sabha elections on February 7, the sources added.

Congress sources said Rahul Gandhi would address meetings at Salipur in Cuttack district, Duburi in Jajpur district, Khariar Road in Nuapada district, Bisam Katak in Rayagada district and Berhampur town in Ganjam district.

The exact dates for the visit of the mother and son duo have, however, not yet been finalised, PCC president Jayadev Jena said.

Claiming that Modi’s public meeting would have no impact on the people of the state, Jena said “both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have emotional attachments with the people here.”