Rahul's Karnataka tour to begin on March 25

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New Delhi, Mar 22: Amid indications of Karnataka going to polls in May, AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has set his eyes on the southern state, selecting it as the next destination of his ''discovery-of-India'' tour. He will kick off his second leg of ''discovery-of-India'' tour in Karnataka from March 25.

AICC sources said here today that the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family would barnstorm through 10 districts of the state in five days, touching all the areas of importance in the context of the forthcoming poll. ''During his tour, Mr Gandhi will set the tone of the campaign for the assembly elections,'' the sources said. Mr Gandhi had launched his ''discovery-of-India'' tour from Orissa early this month. Originally, he proposed to launch the tour from Karnataka, but he later changed his plan.

His next tour would be a non-Congress ruled state, sources indicated. Mr Gandhi would begin his five-day tour in Karnataka with a public meeting in Chamarajanagar district, bordering Tamil Nadu. Sources said his tour-pattern and campaign strategy in Karnataka would be the same as that of Orissa.

He would meet tribals, farmers, unemployed youth, Dalits and party workers.

Mr Gandhi would focus on the problems of the youth, unemployment and education, besides highlighting the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Rs 60,000 crore farm loan waiver and the Tribal Rights Bill.

Besides the Charamarajanagar district, he would visit the districts of Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli, Dharwar, Gadag, Bagalkot, Raichur, Bangalore and Bijapur.

He would attend public rallies, public meetings and road shows as part of the tour in a bid to make a maximum impact.

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