Rahul Gandhi's Gujarat visit will focus on farmers, students and traders. (File)
To boost the Congress's campaign for the forthcoming Gujarat assembly elections, party Vice President Rahul Gandhi will start a three-day roadshow in the politically significant Saurashtra region on Monday.
The Congress Vice President will begin his roadshow after visiting the Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka. He will later move through various parts of Dev Bhoomi Dwarka district on the first day before stopping at Jamnagar.
Over the next two days his roadshow will move through Jamnagar, Morbi, Rajkot and Surendranagar districts.
The Congress has coined the slogan 'Yuva rozgar kheduat adhikar
' or 'Employment for youth and rights for farmers', indicating that it was trying to target youth and farmers in the region. The roadshow will also cover areas that have a significant presence of the Patidar community.
The Gujarat Congress has also scheduled a meeting of Rahul Gandhi with traders in Jamnagar hoping that the party could also cash in politically on the anger amongst the traders over the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax or GST.
"There is anger among traders over GST, frustration among youth over unemployment and farmers are angry over not getting adequate support prices. The Congress will interact with every strata of people and listen to their concerns," said senior party leader Arjun Modhvadiya, who is coordinating the roadshow.
But the BJP has downplayed the roadshow. "Rahul Gandhi has in the past failed to draw any connect with youth and he will continue to do so. His roadshows and rallies even in past have been failures. Congress has been rejected by the people of the state time and again," said Gujarat BJP chief Jeetu Vaghani.