Rahul to interact with Cong workers in state on Feb 18 & 19

New Delhi: In his first such major interaction with grassroot Congress workers after becoming the party's Vice President, Rahul Gandhi will hold a two-day consultation exercise with panchayat, block and district level workers in Odisha on February 18 and 19.
 
The interaction will follow a similar exercise by Gandhi with PCC chiefs and CLP leaders here from tomorrow for a free and frank interaction on the problems and prospects of the 126-year-old organisation.
 
Gandhi will begin his visits to the states from the BJD-ruled Odisha, where Assembly polls are scheduled next year.
 
Party sources said that the entire state unit of Congress has been divided into two parts. Gandhi will hold meetings first at Sambalpur on February 18 and then at Cuttack on February 19.
 
During his three-day interaction with AICC office-bearers here which began on January 31, Gandhi had said that he desired to hold such meetings at state level also and if possible even with party workers at district and block levels.
 
The interaction with the AICC office bearers saw Gandhi stressing on the need for going by the rule book and the need for camaraderie among leaders in midst of complaints about one upmanship, nepotism and uneven work distribution in the party.
 
While the two-day interaction with the PCC chiefs and the CLP leaders in the national capital from tomorrow will provide an occasion to discuss ways and means to put the party's house in order in the states, the interaction programme in Odisha will be the beginning of Gandhi's consultation process at the grassroot level.
 
The sources said the interactions will be held at three levels beginning with district presidents, block presidents and office bearers of the district units in the state.
 
Gandhi will then hear out the panchayat members, elected members from municipalities and panchayat delegates. The exercise will be followed by an extended PCC meeting at both the venues.
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