Raichur (Kartaka), Feb 12: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday stopped by a roadside eatery in north Kartaka’s Raichur town and munched hot and spicy pakodas and bhajjis and sipped tea in a plastic cup along with state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and other party officials.
Rahul munches on 'pakodas, bhajjis' in north Kartaka town
Gandhi is on a maiden visit to Kartaka since Saturday after becoming the party president in December. He is touring the northern region since Saturday on a ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ for the people’s blessings ahead of the assembly polls in the state, due in late April or early May.
Gandhi’s surprise act of stopping by the roadside eatery drew curious crowds and surprised the owner of the eatery and his assistants who were delighted to serve the 47-year-old scion of the Gandhi family in the way they do for ordiry customers. Though stopping by the eatery was not in the schedule, Gandhi asked the driver to stop the bus on the roadside and walked into the open eatery along with his security men and sat on one of its benches for the hot scks. “Pakodas and bhajjis are popular scks in the region, which is semi-arid and hotter than other parts of the state. They are a side dish served at breakfast, for lunch and dinner in homes and eateries. State Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, party’s state unit president G. Parameshwara, party’s leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, and party’s state in-charge and lawmaker K.C. Venugopal also joined Gandhi in sharing the scks and sipping the “Irani” chai, famous in the Deccan region. (IANS)