Rahul on Tuesday held a series of closed-door one-to-one meetings with district-level party leaders from the Vidarbha region. Even senior Congress leaders did not have access to those interactions. Rahul said during the interactions that nominations to contest elections will be invited from grassroots workers and decided on a case-to-case basis, Congress workers who were part of the huddle said.

Earlier, Rahul arrived in Nagpur at around 9.30 AM and headed straightaway to Surabardi to meet district-level party leaders. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavhan and state unit president Manikrao Thakre were present at the venue, although they did not take part in the talks, a party worker said.

"Rahul patiently listened to our problems and advised us on the pressing issues," a Congress worker said. Rahul pointed out that grassroots party workers had a major role to play in the Congress organization, he said. "Rahul said factionalism was a major hurdle for the party and stressed on the need for better communication between the party leadership and workers," said another worker who also took part in the meetings.

Rahul also asked party workers to spread awareness about various welfare schemes of the Congress and to reach out to the common man. On a two-day visit of the state, Rahul will hold similar meetings with district and block Congress committee office-bearers in Pune on Wednesday, sources said.

(Agencies)

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