Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday received a never-before welcome in Gujarat’s Anand during the high-octane campaigning in the poll-bound state. A massive crowd can be seen cheering for the Congress president with flashing the lights from their phones and chanting ‘Congress aave che’.
Earlier in the evening, Rahul stopped by a ‘pav bhaaji’ stall in Tarapur for a delicious bite. Locals quickly gathered to the ‘thela’ selling the street food as soon as they saw Gandhi has ordered a plate of pav bhaaji for himself.
In a video shared on Instagram, Rahul can be seen encircled by locals on a street in Tarapur. He can be seen waiting for his plate of pav bhaji while the stall-owner prepares a fresh serving dish.
The first of Gujarat’s two-phase assembly polls began on Saturday across 89 constituencies spread out in the 19 districts of Kutch, Saurashtra and southern regions.
A total of 977 candidates are in the fray from Kutch, Morbi, Jamnagar, Surendranagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Rajkot, Botad, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Gir Somnath, Bhavnagar, Bharuch, Narmada, Surat, Tapi, Navsari, Dang and Valsad districts.
Of the 89 seats, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party holds 67 and the Congress 16. One seat each is held by the NCP and JD-U while independents hold the remaining two.