Varanasi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi began her road show in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh today. The event follows a road show and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s rally in that state, marking the beginning of the party’s election campaign ahead of Assembly elections scheduled in 2017.
This is her first visit to Varansi in a decade. Congress’ social media team has also been running a campaign called ‘Dard-e-Banaras’ trying to highlight problems faced by various communities even after two years of Modi’s rule. This is also seen as an attempt to target BJP’s face in UP elections as the party has not yet declared any chief ministerial candidate.
The roadshow will begin from Kachahari at 12 noon after party leaders garland the statue of BR Ambedkar and will cover a distance of around eight kilometers in three hours.
It will conclude at Englishiyaline where Sonia is expected to deliver a short speech and garland the statue of former Union minister and Uttar Pradesh chief minister late Kamlapati Tripathi.