Amid demonetization row, Rahul Gandhi leaves country to celebrate New Year

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Unlike his trips in the recent past, Rahul has refrained from tweeting his year-end travel plans this time.

Of late, Rahul Gandhi has been visible and audible like never before.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be celebrating his New Year in London. Despite earning the wrath of a sizable section of Congress leaders, both in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, the Congress high command is planning to rope in poll strategist Prashant Kishor for election-related activities in another Assembly election-bound state - Uttarakhand.

The daily cited a source as saying that Rahul's trip may last a week at least.

"Will be travelling for next few days". The shock announcement by PM Modi on November 8 made 86 per cent of India's currency void, giving people time till December 30 to swap their old 500 rupee and 1,000-rupee bills for new ones. Mr. Gandhi also said that the number of guaranteed work days and the wage rate under MGNREGA should be doubled for one year. "A very Happy New Year to everyone", he had mentioned. The prior intimation of his foreign trips on social media followed the controversy that broke out after his two visits overseas previous year. Rahul has, several times in the past, rung in the New Year as well as his birthday overseas.

There are reports that Gandhi might have gone to London on a private visit.

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