06 March, New Delhi
After his recent trip to Italy to meet his maternal grandmother, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit o Singapore and Malaysia for “prescheduled lecture engagements” from March 8 to 10. According to the Twitter handle of the Congress, Mr Gandhi will be in Singapore on March 8 and 9 and then proceed to Malaysia on March 10.
Sources said that during his two day visit to Singapore , Mr Gandhi is expected to address the Indian diaspora .
Mr Gandhi is scheduled to address a gathering of businessmen and a youth conclave in Malaysia, apparently organised by Sam Pitroda on the lines of his recent engagements in the US.
The Congress chief is slated to go to Singapore to address students in some universities besides other engagements.
The visit by Rahul to Singapore and Malaysia is being seen as efforts to increase his outreach to the NRI community, after the success of his recent visits to the US and Bahrain.
UPA chairperson and Senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi is expected to hold fort in his absence. She held an informal meeting with some Congress floor leaders in Parliament to discuss the party’s strategy.
The visit comes close after his recent visit ot Italy , ahead of Holi, to give his “93-year-old Nani a surprise hug.”The Congress chief’s visit to Italy, however, got flak for him as it came in the wake of a major setback to the party in the northeastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland.