11. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was cheered by thousands as she rode in an
open truck here on Monday along with her brother and Congress President Rahul
Gandhi on her first visit to Uttar Pradesh after becoming the Congress General
Secretary East UP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
personnel had a tough time holding back enthusiastic crowds as the convoy,
which included other party leaders including state unit President Raj Babbar
and General Secretary West Uttar Pradesh Jyotiraditya Scindia, wound its way
amid full-throated slogans hailing Priyanka Gandhi and lampooning Prime
Minister Narendra Modi.
At one point
at Burlington crossing, Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Scindia and the other
leaders had to lower their heads and eventually dismount from the truck to
escape dangerously low hanging electric wires. They shifted to a car before
returning to the truck.
gayi badlaav ki aandhi, Rahul sung Priyanka Gandhi” (The storm is coming,
Rahul along with Priyanka Gandhi), was a favourite slogan among the supporters,
many of whom wore caps and T-shirts with Priyanka’s picture embossed on them.
flower garlands at Priyanka Gandhi, who, constantly waving at the crowds,
occasionally threw back the flowers to the crowds. Hundreds of activists
carried the Congress party flags.
route from the Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to the Congress office at Mall
Avenue, almost 25 km long, was replete with hoardings and banners. Posters of
Priyanka, a few comparing her with Hindu goddess Durga, were plastered
office had been painted afresh and decorated with hundreds of kilos of marigold
and other flowers.
Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra, now embroiled in investigation by the
Enforcement Directorate, urged people to ensure her safety.
Gandhi, who opened her Twitter account on Monday, said a day earlier that she
wanted to “build a new future, new politics”.
“I have hope that together we will start a new kind of politics, a politics in which all of you will be stakeholders. Come, let’s build a new future, new politics with me.”
— Congress (@INCIndia) February 11, 2019
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