As many as 1,000 auto rickshaws will line up on the Mumbai streets on Tuesday when Congress President Rahul Gandhi visits the commercial capital of India.
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said in the statement, “Almost a thousand auto-rickshaw drivers have decided to welcome Rahul ji to the city in their vehicles. This is the love the common man feels for our party president.
“Rahul ji ensures that the common man’s opinions, grievances and inputs not only reach him but also are responded to. And this is the way the common man has decided to welcome him.”
Rahul is also expected to address ground-level Congress workers at Goregaon Exhibition Centre during his stay in Mumbai.
This, experts say, is in preparation for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Rahul’s visit to Mumbai follows BJP President Amit Shah’s trip to the city, where he met, among others, industrialist Ratan Tata, actor Madhuri Dixit and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as part of his party’s Sampark for Samarthan campaign.
Maharashtra has 48 Lok Sabha seats. The BJP had won 41 seats in 2014 with the help of an alliance with the Shiv Sena. However, the saffron party suffered a setback in the just-concluded by-elections for the Bhandara-Gondiya parliamentary seat. The seat was originally held by the BJP, but it was wrested by the Congress-NCP alliance.
Rahul had recently visited Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh to address the farmer community. Last year, several farmers were killed in police firing.