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Rahul Gandhi to take Bill Gates to Amethi

May 11, 2010 01:31 IST
In what was seen as a huge surprise for his constituents, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi will visit his parliamentary constituency of Amethi with Microsoft chief Bill Gates. The visit was kept a closely guarded secret until the news broke out late on Monday evening.

Even top UP Congress leaders were unaware of the visit, as Gandhi had preferred it to be a completely quiet affair, away from the media's gaze. It is learnt that Rahul proposes to take Gates to the same village where he spent a night along with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in a hut belonging to a poor dalit.

While no one knows about the purpose of the visit, Congress sources in Lucknow claimed that Rahul had arranged a meeting between Gates and womens' self-help groups formed by him in his constituency.

The duo will take a chartered flight  from New Delhi and land at the Indira Gandhi Flying Academy in Fursatganj around 1000 hrs following which they would drive down to Amethi, about 45 km away.
Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow