Rahul Gandhi in Maharashtra on Friday

Rahul Gandhi in Maharashtra on Friday

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will arrive here on a day’s visit on Friday, an official said here on Thursday.

He will visit Nanded and Parbhani districts of the Marathwada region and take up farmer issues among other topics. “Looking forward to visiting Nanded and Parbhani in Maharashtra tomorrow,” Gandhi tweeted.

Soon after his arrival, he will meet party workers and local body leaders at 11 a.m. as Nanded — considered a Congress bastion — will go to the civic polls in mid-October.

Gandhi is expected to focus on the failures of the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government in tackling issues like farmers suicides, implementation of the loan waiver scheme announced in June and demonetisation.

Later, he is scheduled to travel by road to neighbouring Parbhani district, around two hours’ drive from Nanded and interact with farmers and villagers en route.

In Parbhani, he will interact with civil society members in a guest house and later address a meeting of Sangharsh Sabha at a school ground to draw attention to the agrarian crises gripping the state.

The drought-prone Marathwada region has seen more than 100 farmer suicides this year.

Top Congress leaders in the state, including Maharashtra unit chief Ashok Chavan, former Chief Ministers, legislators, parliamentarians and other senior party office-bearers are slated to be present at Gandhi’s meetings.

After his visit to Maharashtra, Gandhi will be travelling from September 10 to the US to attend various events in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington and New York.

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