Sonia road show to woo Brahmins from PM’s seat
The attempt by the Congress party to woo Brahmin voters ahead of the UP assembly polls, which started with the announcement of former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit as its chief ministerial face in the politically significant state, is set to gain momentum with party Sonia Gandhi participating in a road show in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency of Varanasi.
The high point of her eight-kilometre-long road show on Monday in the Brahmin dominated constituency would be addressing party workers at Englishiyaline after garlanding the statue of former UP chief minister Kamalapati Tripathi, who in his time commanded a large following among the Brahmin voters of the state. She would also garland statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Sardar Patel falling en route. The timing of the road show is also interesting as its being held on the second Monday and Shivratri day of the Indian month of Shravan, which is considered the month for Shiva worship. Varanasi is considered to be a “Shiv Nagari” (Shiva’s abode) and a large number of pilgrims would be converging at the Kashi Vishwanath temple on Shravan Shivratri day. Sonia is also expected to visit the temple and do a pooja. Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after his victory had done a pooja at the said temple in Varanasi.
According to Congress functionaries, thousands of supporters and party workers will participate in Gandhi’s roadshow which would be passing through the busy and narrow lanes of the city. UP Congress chief Raj Babbar, party’s CM candidate Sheila Dikshit and general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad will also be present in the roadshow. Poll strategist Prashant Kishor, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid, party legislator and a grandson of Kamalapati Tripathi Rajeshpati Tripathi and former MP Rajesh Mishra along with other leaders are holding regular meetings to drum up support for the show.