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Sonia Gandhi’s UP election road show; heads back to Delhi after ‘ill health’

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s rally in Varanasi today was cut short due to ill heath. She returned to Delhi and left the roadshow mid way after being advised to take rest by doctors.

Sonia Gandhi, 69, started her campaign in Varanasi for the upcoming state assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh today.

Sonia Gandhi’s rally began from the Circuit House at 12 pm to Englishiya Line covering almost 6.5 km along with Congress’ chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Gulam Nabi Azad and senior party leaders such as Pramod Tiwari and Sanjay Singh.

Congress’ decision to chose Varanasi as the starting point for their campaign can only mean that after defeat in 2014 general elections by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), Congress is all set to retreat back into power. Gandhi launched her attack on Modi regime with Dard e-Banaras in the city.

Gandhi also lashed at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and targeted Samajwadi Party for bringing unprecedented damage to the state in last few years. Congress’ motto for the UP polls is “27 saal UP behal”.

With Shiela Dikshit as the chief ministerial candidate, Raj Babbar as the UPCC and Prashant Kishor as election strategist, Congress is all set to make a comeback with the UP elections. Of course, both the national parties Congress and BJP are using their outmost power to win maximum number of seats to secure their future in 2017 general polls.

In an interview with NDTV, veteran actor and Congress leader Raj Babbar said, “Yes we need a chamatkaar (miracle) in Uttar Pradesh,” and also added, “but it has happened in the past too, even 2014 was a miracle for our opponents and we are hoping there will be a miracle this time too.”

BJP is also not leaving any stone turned. Reportedly, BJP may launch a campaign with Sanjay Joshi as their campaigner. Yes, the same Sanjay Joshi who was thrown out of the party after sex tape scandal.

 

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