In a step to engage with Indian diaspora, Indian Congress President Rahul Gandhi will tour Bahrain on a two-day visit starting from January 7.
He will be addressing the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and will be acquainted with their problems. He is also expected to meet senior political leadership of the country.
According to the party sources, Gandhi will be the state guest of the Kingdom of Bahrain and ill address NRIs settled there on January 8. He will leave for Bahrain on January 7 and is likely to return on January 9. The NRIs settled there have invited him.
Gandhi is also likely to meet Bahrain's Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and the members of the royal family.
Though the newly appointed Congress President was expected to visit other West Asian countries, but that programme presently has been postponed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to visit the UAE later this month.
Rahul Gandhi had gone on a 15-day-trip to the United States of America during September last year. He had interacted with students, politicians, businessmen and other leaders of the country. He had also addressed University of California Berkeley.
Interestingly since his visit to United States of America Gandhi has made a complete turnaround of his social media.
It is also mention worthy that Congress strategists feel that the party was not being able to get its viewpoint across to the Indian diaspora.
The visits of Congress President abroad to places where Indian community has a sizeable presence will ensure that the party’s viewpoint goes out to the NRIs. Feedback from Gandhi’s trip to the US has been positive for the party.