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Rahul Gandhi leaves for a ‘personal trip’ abroad, to skip key Congress meeting tomorrow

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Last update: July 13, 2022, 09:23 HST

File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (Image: PTI)

Rahul Gandhi, often criticized by the BJP for his frequent overseas visits, will skip a crucial party meeting on Thursday for preparations for the Bharat Jodo Yatra and internal Congress elections.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi left for a short personal visit abroad on Tuesday and is expected to return on Sunday ahead of the presidential election and monsoon session of parliament on July 18, sources said.

The party, however, did not reveal any details of his visit and called it personal.

Gandhi, who is often criticized by the BJP for his frequent overseas visits, will skip a crucial party meeting on Thursday for preparations for the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” and internal Congress elections, where all general secretaries, officials and presidents of the CCP were invited.

The Congress meeting scheduled for Thursday will likely see discussions on electing the party’s chairman. The post of Congress Speaker is currently held by Sonia Gandhi after Rahul Gandhi resigned following the loss of the Lok Sabha poll in 2019.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Nepal in early May sparked controversy after the BJP published photos of him at a nightclub in Kathmandu. Congress then retorted that there was nothing wrong with a personal visit for a journalist’s wedding.

Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Nepal came on the heels of the party’s poor performance in parliamentary elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and other states.

In the second half of May, Rahul once again traveled abroad and once again paved the way for questions from the BJP about his visit. The BJP has raised questions over Rahul Gandhi’s refusal to get political clearance for the visit to Cambridge in the UK, however, Congress has said such clearance is not required.

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