Ever since the All India Congress Committee announced that Rahul and Sonia Gandhi would visit Maharashtra later this month to launch the Assembly election campaign, Congressmen are trying their best to convince them to put the Vidarbha region, a Rahul favourite, on the backburner.
“Vidharba has become a hot spot for our leaders due to the farmer suicides. But our constituencies are also important,” says a senior party man from Nasik.
District chiefs from Nasik, Western Maharashtra, Konkan, Nandurbar and Mumbai have all written asking the Gandhis for dates for their regions. The frenzy is attributed to the Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha results which Congressmen believe indicates a Rahul wave. Also, with the Congress-NCP led Democratic Front Government governing Maharashtra for a decade now, they desperately need something to counter anti-incumbency.
Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president Kripashankar Singh says, “People are crazy after Rahulji. His stature has risen after what he has done in UP. I have written a letter to the Congress President to hold an All India Congress Committee (AICC) session in Mumbai for at least a day. We want to host atleast three public rallies each of both leaders in Mumbai alone.”