Rahul on meditational visit abroad, will return soon, says party

Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, meditational visit, Indonesia
Rahul Gandhi's remarks come two days after Congress president Sonia Gandhi launched a blistering attack on the government's economic policies. File photo: PTI.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is on a “meditational visit” abroad and may return soon, party sources said on Wednesday (October 30).

Responding to speculation on the former Congress president’s absence, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Gandhi was away on one of his regular “meditational visits”. Sources in the party added that Gandhi is possibly in Indonesia for a meditation session and will be back home soon.

“Shri Rahul Gandhi has gone from time to time in the past on meditational visits. He is currently on one such visit,” Surjewala said when asked about the former Congress president.

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Surjewala also said that the party’s 10-day agitation was formalised at a meeting in which Rahul Gandhi participated, but neither he nor Sonia Gandhi would be participating in the state and district level programmes.

The Congress has planned a country-wide agitation from November 5 to 15 to highlight the issues of economic slowdown, farm distress, rising unemployment, job losses and the consequences of the RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) trade agreement.

“This entire programme was drafted as per his direction and in consultation with him. He guided the party on to the various steps and issues that were to be taken. Shri Rahul Gandhi was present and participated in the meeting where this programme was taken up. Neither Sonia ji nor Rahul ji are going for state agitation or district agitational programme, he said.