Rahul to interact with panchayat reps in Cuttack
Starting his two-day Odisha visit from Sambalpur on Monday, the 42-year old Congress scion interacted with party functionaries at the district, block and panchayat levels in marathon sessions.
"The focus of Rahul's discussions with state leaders was on strengthening the party in Odisha. He held seven-hour-long marathon interaction with functionaries of 17 organisational districts," AICC General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed told reporters.
Rahul, who is visiting Odisha for first time after being elevated as AICC's second in command, sought to gauge party's strength and weakness in Odisha ahead of next election, said a senior leader after meeting Rahul.
"He (Rahul) emphasised on the need to make common people aware of different welfare schemes and development programmes taken up by the Centre in Odisha. He sought to know whether partymen are informing people about these," said another leader.