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A VIP serves meals to children

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A SURPRISE VISIT: Rahul Gandhi, Congress MP, leaving after a visit to the Government Kannada Higher Primary Boys' School in Old Hubli on Thursday.

HUBLI: The students and staff of the Government Kannada Higher Primary Boys' School at Anandnagar in Old Hubli had a pleasant surprise on Thursday. They had a VIP visitor in Rahul Gandhi, Youth Congress leader and Amethi MP, who served them midday meals and had lunch with them.

Mr. Gandhi talked to the students and listened as they read out from lessons. The teachers and students were not aware that he planned to visit the school till Thursday morning.

They had been told that Sudha Murthy, president of Infosys Foundation, and the Minister for Cooperation, R.V. Deshpande, would be visiting the school. They thought that the security measures and the barbed wire fence put around the school were for the Minister's visit.

Mr. Gandhi arrived in Hubli by a special aircraft. He reached the school around noon and spent about half an hour there. He first interacted with the students in Hindi. He asked some of them to read out lessons from textbooks. He enquired about the quality of the midday meals served to them by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) under the "Akshay Patra Yojana."

Later, he served the meal to about 60 girls and boys. Mr. Deshpande, Ms. Murthy and members of the ISKCON were with them.

Mr. Gandhi also interacted with the teachers about the midday meal scheme and inquired whether there has been any increase in the number of students after the introduction of the scheme.

The principal of the school, Kamala R. Moolimani; and Uma M. Aigol, vice-principal, gave details about the interaction to newsmen.

Before leaving the venue, Mr. Gandhi sprung a surprise by breaking the security cordon provided by the Special Protection Group and shaking hands with people who had been waiting for hours to have a glimpse of him. He left for Haliyal in Uttar Kannada district to take part in a programme.

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