Jorhat, Assam: A kiss on the cheek, another on his head - it was a reception that Rahul Gandhi could not have anticipated.
Interacting with nearly 600 women from self-help groups in Assam's Jorhat on Wednesday, the Congress Vice President was left slightly embarrassed when a few women came up to him to shake his hand and one of them even planted a kiss on his cheek.
Mr Gandhi, 43, had told the gathering that "women can become Prime Minister or Chief Minister because they have the capacity. Women have more confidence, will power, patience and talent."
Replying to a query, Mr Gandhi said that women reservation should be 50 per cent in state assemblies and Parliament instead of 33 per cent.
He further said women from North East are more talented and brave than others.
The Congress Vice President also assured that he will look for taking up more new schemes and centres for women empowerment through various ministries and departments.