Raichur, Karnataka, Mar 28: AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today ended his four-day road show programme intended to 'reach out to the people' in eight districts of Karnataka by visiting a school for destitute children in the district.
The Youth Congress leader was accorded a warm reception in this city by party workers and later he unveiled a statue of his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in front of OPEC funded super specialty hospital named after his father. Union Minister Prithviraj Chauhan and KPCC President Mallikarjun Kharge accompanied Mr Gandhi. While visiting the school for destitute he interacted with children quizzed them with some questions and posed for photographs before leaving to Shaktinagar near a thermal power station complex and took a helicopter to Bangalore.
Earlier he stayed at Koodalasangama, the pilgrimage centre built in the memory of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara on the banks Krishna and paid tributes.
He also visited some of the shrines inside the pilgrimage centre before embarking upon his road show programme.
Mr Gandhi was given a warm reception by farmers, workers Hutti Gold Mines in Lingsugur. He also interacted with panchayat members of Mallaka village.
While addressing farmers in Sirwar, he regretted that even though Karnataka had been put on fast track of development, many of the regions in the state still lagged behind. Steps should be taken to remove regional imbalance in the state, he said.
During the road shows organised by Youth Congress Mr Gandhi visited eight districts and interacted with cross sections of the society including dalits, students, IT BT professionals, farmers and labourers.
He also briefly addressed over 25-30 roadside meetings and launched membership drive for the Youth congress.
During his visit Mr Gandhi also visited lambani tandas, swum dwellers and hamlets during his tour which also intended to strengthen the party in Karantaka.
The party is gearing up to face assembly elections to the dissolved Assembly which is likely to be held in May.
In Bangalore Mr Gandhi is also scheduled to interact with scientists at IISc premises tonight. He would also address a public rally organised by state Youth Congress at Byatarayaapura grounds tomorrow and also host a Editors' get together.