Congress president Sonia Gandhi has arrived in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency, to kickstart the party's election campaign for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
Sonia's roadshow in Varanasi will be the second major show of strength in the poll-bound state after party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's interaction with Congress party workers on 31 July.The roadshow will begin from Kachahari during which the party leaders will cover a distance of around eight kilometres in three hours. The show will conclude at Englishiyaline where she is expected to deliver a short speech and garland the statue of former Union minister, the late Kamlapati Tripathi, reported the Hindustan Times.
Sonia Gandhi will also offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple later in the day.
UP: Congress President Sonia Gandhi arrives in Varanasi, will lead party's road show here. pic.twitter.com/yk9h74Zj4s— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 2, 2016
7:00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets showing concern for Sonia Gandhi's health who had to cut short her roadshow returning back to Delhi due to high fever
Heard about Sonia ji’s ill health during her Varanasi visit today. I pray for her quick recovery and good health.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 2, 2016
6:30 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi returns to Delhi after being advised by the doctor.
Chief Ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit along with other leaders will continue the roadshow till Kashi vishwanath before returning.
#FLASH Sonia Gandhi cuts short her Varanasi visit & returns to Delhi after being advised by the doctor to do so.— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 2, 2016
5:52 pm: Massive crowd during Sonia Gandhi's roadshow in PM Modi's constituency, Varanasi. She has reportedly taken a break from the rally as she was dehydrated.
4:24 pm: Huge crowd participates in Varanasi roadshow by Congress president Sonia Gandhi
3:25 pm: Sonia Gandhi waving at the crowd during the roadshow in Varanasi
Sonia Gandhi leads Congress roadshow in Varanasi (UP) pic.twitter.com/AZxFf8slqS— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 2, 2016
2:10 pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to Dr. BR Ambedkar in Varanasi
Congress president Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to Dr. BR Ambedkar in Varanasi (UP) pic.twitter.com/aVdLi5tSnJ— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 2, 2016
2:00 pm: The road show begins from Circuit House in Varanasi.
12:53 pm: Thousands of bike riders ahead of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's roadshow.
12:17 pm: UP Congress chief Raj Babbar welcomes Sonia Gandhi in Varanasi
उत्तर प्रदेश और बाबा विश्वनाथ की धरती काशी में कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष श्रीमती सोनिया गाँधी जी का स्वागत करते हैं। pic.twitter.com/oMdtbdy3mZ— Raj Babbar (@RajBabbarMP) August 2, 2016