Shedding the VVIP trappings, apparently to reach out to the voters of the country's IT hub for the May 12 Assembly polls, Gandhi freely mingled with commuters in the Metro train as he travelled from the station at Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat, to M G Road, a party source said.
He was accompanied by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, AICC general secretary K C Venugopal, who is also in charge of party affairs in Karnataka, state Congress president G Parameshwara and Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Gowda.
During the journey, he spoke to the commuters, who were all thrilled to have a group of VVIPs amongst them, the source said.
After alighting from the train, he walked the MG Road and cobblestoned Church Street, a popular stretch in the central business district, dotted with pubs and restaurants, which acquired a grand face lift recently.
He also visited 'Book Worm', an iconic book store, which is considered a treasure trove by bibliophiles.
The source said Siddaramaiah bought six books for Rahul Gandhi, which included 'A History of God' by Karen Armstrong, 'The Art of Living' by Thich Nhat Hanh and 'The Goat Thief' by Perumal Murugan.
The proprietor of the restaurant showed him pictures of his great grandfather and the first prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi relishing food there, the source said.
In the afternoon, Gandhi addressed a conventionon women's empowerment at a five-star hotel.
The source saidKavitha Lankesh gifted him a book, 'The way I see it', written byher sister and noted journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shotdead outside her house here on September 5.
Gandhi's hectic engagements also included an interaction with the business community and scavengers.
The Congress leader's exercise today is seen as an attempt to attract voters in Bengaluru and its surrounding regions, which has a total of 28 Assembly seats.
The Congress is facing a tough challenge from the BJP in the city and also the JDS in some pockets.
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