Rahul Gandhi, the head of the Congress, landed in San Francisco on Tuesday as part of a three-city US visit where he would engage with the Indian diaspora and meet with politicians. The chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress, Sam Pitroda, and other IOC members met him at the airport.
Gandhi will visit many cities before arriving in Washington, DC, where he will meet with politicians and think tanks after speaking with students at the famed Stanford University in San Francisco.
During his week-long visit to the USA, the 52-year-old head of the Congress is also anticipated to speak with Wall Street CEOs, Indian Americans, and college students. On June 4, a public event in New York is scheduled to mark the end of his journey. At the Javits Centre in New York, the interaction would take place.
Gandhi’s visit is intended to further common principles and a vision of “real democracy,” according to Indian Overseas Congress chairperson Sam Pitroda last week.
Pitroda said in a statement that Gandhi’s trip had as its goal “to connect, interact, and start a new conversation with various people, organisations, and media, including the Indian diaspora that is growing in size in the United States and abroad to promote the shared values and vision of the real democracy with a focus on freedom, inclusion, sustainability, justice, peace, and opportunities world-wide.”
On Sunday, two days after a Delhi court gave its approval, Gandhi was given a new regular passport.
The former president of the Congress is scheduled to fly to San Francisco, California, on Monday night as part of a three-city tour of the United States. He had filed for an ordinary passport after giving up the old diplomatic passport that had been awarded to him while he was a member of parliament.
Gandhi was found guilty and given a two-year term by a Gujarat court in a defamation case involving his comment on the surname Modi, which resulted in his disqualification as an MP in March.