New Delhi: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is
expected to visit Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh town, often dubbed a
nursery of terror, to meet college students, the party said
"Students of the Shibli
National College are keen to meet him. They appealed to us for his
visit," state party chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi told IANS.
Declining to specify
dates for Rahul Gandhi's visit, she said it would take place
whenever he goes to eastern Uttar Pradesh.
Joshi, who visited
Azamgarh last week along with party general secretary Digvijay
Singh, said they had conveyed the request of the students to
Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Joshi said Rahul
Gandhi's visit would also allay suspicions about Azamgarh being "a
nursery of terror". "The psyche of youth (in Azamgarh) is badly
affected," she said.
Joshi said the college,
which has one of the largest libraries in the country, had been
visited by stalwarts of the freedom struggle, including Mahatma
Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
"It is a great
institution and a symbol of our composite culture," she said, adding
it was founded by Allama Shibli Nomani, a nationalist.
Joshi said the college
would be "a great place" for Rahul Gandhi's visit in the 125th year
of the party's formation.
Following their visit
to Azamgarh, where they received petitions from the families of
young men arrested on terrorism charges, Uttar Pradesh Congress
leaders demanded special courts to fast-track their cases.
Singh Tuesday submitted a report to the party president about his
Azamgarh visit. He said there should be free, fair and speedy trial
in terrorism cases faced by youth from the town.