news Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 05:30
The stage is set for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's first visit to Telangana, after the formation of the separate state. He is expected to arrive in Hyderabad on Thursday evening and leave for Nirmal in Adilabad district for a "padyatra" to meet the farmers the next day. The Congress vice president plans to cover five villages in his 12km padyatra. Hundreds of party workers will join Gandhi in the walkathon. The party expects 200 workers from each of 119 assembly constituencies in the state. According to itinerary released by Telangana unit of the party, Gandhi will arrive in Hyderabad from New Delhi at 4 pm on Thursday where he will meet Congress leaders and students of Osmania University at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport before leaving for Nirmal around 5 p.m. En route to Nirmal, about 200 km from here, the Congress leader will briefly stop at Medchal, Toopran, Kamareddy, Dichapally, Mamidipally, Perkit and Balkonda towns to meet farmers and supporters. "He will briefly stop to wave at the crowds and receive representations from farmers and others," Mallu Batti Vikramarka, working president of party's Telangana unit told IANS. Mohammed Ali Shabbir, vice-president of the party's state unit told IANS that at Kamareddy in Nizamabad district Rahul will meet sugarcane farmers to know their problems. After the night-halt at a hotel in Nirmal, Gandhi will leave at 7am for Koratikal, a village near the town for his padyatra. He will cover a distance of 4 km to console families of two farmers at Laxmanchanda. After 2.5 km, Gandhi will reach Pottupally, where he will interact with women farmers. The padyatra will conclude at Wadial, where he will console the family of fifth farmer and also address a meeting at the end point. This will be the first visit of Rahul Gandhi to Telangana after it became a separate state in June last year. With IANS

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