New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address a grand rally in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district today. The Congress President is also expected to interact with students at the B.Y. reddy Convention Centre in the district. Before addressing the rally, Rahul Gandhi will pay homage at Samadhi of Former CM Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy and at Statue of Late Sh. Jagjivan Ram at STBC College Ground.

At the public meeting, the Congress President is likely to take up farmer’s issue and special status to Andhra Pradesh, a topic widely mentioned by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Jayadev Galla in his address during the no-confidence motion against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Unemployment, Rafale deal are some of the other topics that the Congress President is likely to bring up.

Claiming that giving special status to Andhra Pradesh will be one of the first decisions Rahul Gandhi take if he is elected to power in Lok Sabha Election 2019, AP Congress Vice-President N Tulasi Reddy told The News Minute that: “Rahul affirms the party decision to accord Special Status to Andhra Pradesh… He will also make announcements on loan waivers for farmers and the minimum support price, along with things that were promised in the AP Reorganisation Act.”

It seems that Rahul decided to begin with Kurnool since Rayalaseema was once a bastion for the party.

Rahul Gandhi Itinerary:

1. 12:15 hrs: Visit the Residence of Former CM Shri Damodaram Sanjivayya, Village Peddapadu, District Kurnool

2. 13:00 hrs: Interaction with Students at B.Y. Reddy Convention Centre, District Kurnool

3. 14:45 hrs: Pay Floral Tribute at Samadhi of Former CM Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy, Kisan Ghat, District Kurnool

4. 15:00 hrs: Visit the Residence of Former CM Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy

5. 15:45 hrs: Pay Floral Tribute at Statue of Late Sh. Jagjivan Ram at STBC College Ground, Kurnool

6. 16:00 hrs: Public Meeting at STBC College Ground, Kurnool

Rahul Gandhi on Monday said politicians joining the Congress from other parties will not be fielded in elections while those who have remained with the Congress will. Addressing party workers here after a road show, Gandhi said: “When the Congress takes power, its priority will be farmers and youth.

“The issues of party workers will take the second position and party leaders will come after that,” he said, adding, “Those who joined the Congress from other parties will not be given ticket. We welcome them but they will not be made candidates.”