Ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s interaction, Congress rehearses with Mumbai students to avoid Mount Carmel-like fiasco


Mumbai: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will on Saturday interact with management students of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Juhu-Vile Parle, here.

In a bid to avert the repeat of embarrassment the party had to face at Bengaluru’s Mount Carmel College, the Congress on Friday did a detailed rehearsal with the Mumbai students to analyse “students’ mind” and the questions they are likely to pose after Rahul Gandhi’s session.

While interacting with students in Bengaluru, Rahul Gandhi’s attempt to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his projects like Make in India and Swachh Bharat had boomeranged, subjecting the Congress leader to ridicule at social media.

The hour-long rehearsal session took place under the guidance of Congress member Priyanka Chaturvedi.

Meanwhile, DNA quoted a final-year student as saying, “While we have not been asked to submit questions in advance, like the party did with the Bengaluru students, it wanted to know our questions in the name of capturing ‘enthusiasm among the students for Gandhi’.”

More than 400 students and 24 professors are expected to participate in the hour-long interaction scheduled at 9.30 am.

On the last day of his visit to Mumbai, Gandhi will embark on a road march (padyatra) along with hundreds of Congress workers from the posh upmarket Bandra to the wretched slums of Dharavi.

The Congress vice president arrived here on Thursday on his first visit to the city in 21 months.


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