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Rahul Gandhi to meet German chancellor Angela Merkel in August during 4-day Europe tour

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Congress president will also spend two days in the UK as part of party’s efforts to reach out to NRIs.

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi is set to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on the afternoon of 23 August, as part of a four-day official trip during which he will tour Germany and UK.

The Congress president will kick off his visit from Hamburg in Germany on 22 August. He has some speaking engagements there and will also meet the Indian community.

After he meets with Chancellor Merkel the following day, Gandhi is also expected to call on German foreign minister Heiko Maas. His other engagements include addressing a gathering of Indians in Berlin.

The detailed programme of the tour is being finalised by the party’s Overseas Congress Department under the leadership of Sam Pitroda. It is part of the Congress’ attempts to reach out to the NRI community across the world.

So far, the Overseas Congress has organised three such offshore tours with Gandhi. The series began with the Congress president touring the US in September last year. He then travelled to Bahrain in January this year and Singapore and Malaysia in March. Gandhi was supposed to visit Japan in June, but it was later cancelled due to his engagements back home.

‘To meet high-profile politicians in UK’

Gandhi is set to kick-start his two-day UK trip from London on 24 August. Apart from meeting government ministers and other high-profile politicians, he will address a gathering of the Indian community. The venue is being finalised by the Overseas Congress.

He was earlier supposed to spend just a day in the UK. “But we are receiving a lot of invites from Birmingham and so the Congress president has finally given his consent to spending the last day in Birmingham,” said a functionary of the Overseas Congress.

As per the revised schedule, Gandhi will address a public ceremony in Birmingham on 25 August. Sources told ThePrint that initially US was included in the plan. But Gandhi didn’t give permission for such a long tour considering the schedule back home, they added.

This was the only window available for the Congress president, the sources said, as he will get busy with assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. On 14 July, Gandhi met senior leaders from all three states in Delhi to chalk out the election strategy for the three states. Among other things, he also asked them to prepare his visit schedule.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Not just Pappu, he is a good-for-nothing, mediocre Pappu who might as well buy some island with his ill-gotten wealth and declare himself a prince. It is sad that this fake opposition is so spineless that not one member of the GOP has the moral courage to stand up and say that he/she deserves much more than this Pappu to lead the party. So much for democracy!!!

    And whoever believes that this Pappu will take on the challenge that goes with the role of India’s PM is greatly mistaken. He just wants one of his vassals to be the PM so he keeps touring to undisclosed destinations.

  2. In a parliamentary democracy, the leader of the opposition has a very important, widely respected role to play. The ruling party should address the political challenge Shri Rahul Gandhi poses, without words like Pappu becoming part of the discourse. As India draws inexorably closer to the semi final in R / M / C and then the general election, all of us will be well served by a very civil electoral debate that focuses on livelihood issues, steering clear of polemic and personal attacks.

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