Rahul Gandhi kicks off Lok Sabha poll campaign in UP

Gandhi arrived at the state capital this morning and held an ‘off-the-record’ interaction with editors and bureau chiefs of various media organisations.

Later, he met aanganwadi workers and women self-help group members at a village on the outskirts of the state capital. During the meeting, he laid stress on women empowerment and promised to take up their problems. After the meeting, the Congress MP left for the Deva Sharif dargah in Barabanki where he offered a ‘chadar’.

During the 2009 elections campaign too, Gandhi were to visit the dargah, but had to change his plans due to some undisclosed reasons.

On the route to the dargah, Gandhi was accorded warm welcome at Mati and Gopalpur by activists of Congress’ youth and student wings. During the road show along with local MP PL Punia, party workers and locals showered flowers on him. Excitement was visible specially in Barabanki town where youths gathered on both sides of the road to get a glimpse of the Congress scion.
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