Bengaluru, All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Rahul Gandhi arrived hre on Saturday afternoon on a brief visit to the city to speak to present and past employees of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., over the contentious Rafale deal, besides attending to other party matters in Karnataka.
On his arrival at the Kempegowda International Airport here, he was received among others, by KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is the Congress-JDS Coalition government Coordination Committee Chairman, KPCC working President Ishwer Khandre, Karnataka Minister D K Shivakumar and others.
Immediately after arrival he drove to Kumara Krupa State Guest House, where he will be holding a brief discussion with local Congress leaders about selection of candidates for November 3 by-election to 3 Lok Sabha and 2 Assembly polls in Karnataka and other matters relating to JD(S)-Congress coalition government in the state.
Mr Gandhi will hold an open discussion with retired and present HAL officers and employees in an open space at Minsk Square, right opposite to HAL head office in the heart of the city and KPCC said it was a privately held event.
Elaborate security arrangements was, however, made by the police at Kumara Krupa Guest House, while traffic was regulated on busy Cubbom Road that begins at Minsk Square and parking of vehicles banned in the vicinity.
Referring to reports appearing in a section of the press, HAL had clarified that it has not issued any notice or press release barring employees from participating in the open discussion but the company had only stated that the employees should adhere to the discipline as per the working conditions.