Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is set to visit West Bengal and reach out to jute mill workers in a worker’s meeting on Saturday.
The Congress party told media in a press release, “(Rahul) Gandhi will interact with jute mill workers at Wellington jute mill ground at Rishra in Hooghly.”
Highlighting the significance of Gandhi’s visit, the party’s state unit president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury told a news agency, “Rahul Gandhi’s visit is very important for the party workers especially at a time when their morale has suffered due to the terror tactics and politics of violence by the ruling Trinamool Congress.” He further added, “I have no qualms in admitting that we are on a weak wicket in Bengal and it’s party workers who can pull us out. The news of Gandhi’s visit has already cheered them up and interacting with him will galvanise them.”
Congress MP Pradip Bhattacharya was also reported saying,”Because of the policies of the Trinamool the jute industry in Bengal is on the verge of collapse. More than a dozen mills have closed down and several thousand workers rendered jobless. Rahul Gandhi would interact with over 200 such workers in his bid to address the issue.”
“With the state assembly polls not very far away, his visit assumes extreme significance for the party. The party is confident that his visit will galvanize our workers who have been at the receiving end of Trinamool’s violence,” he further added.
According to reports, Rahul will also address the meeting of home buyers at port trust guest house and party workers at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.