1. LIVE: Sonia Gandhi heads back to Delhi after ‘ill health’

LIVE: Sonia Gandhi heads back to Delhi after ‘ill health’

Taking the battle to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's turf, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday launched her party's campaign for the 2017 UP Assembly elections in Varanasi.

By: | Updated: August 2, 2016 7:28 PM
incr-1 Sonia Gandhi flew to Varanasi for a day-long programme in the constituency and was led by hundreds of bikers, waving party flags from the airport to the heart of the city.

Gearing up for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi is set to carry out her party’s roadshow in PM Narendra Modi’s Varanasi constituency today. She will be accompanied by UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and senior leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad, Salman Khurshid, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Zafar Ali, Sanjay Singh, Rana Goswami, Sriprakash Jaiswal, Pramod Tiwari,  Rajesh Mishra, Ajay Rai, Rajeshpati Tripathi etc.

The roadshow will commence from Kachahari at 12 noon after party leaders garland the statue of BR Ambedkar and will cover a distance of around eight kilometers in three hours and will end with a short address by Sonia Gandhi at Englishiyaline.


7.10 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi leaves Varanasi (UP) for Delhi.

7.10 pm: Heard about Sonia ji’s ill health during her Varanasi visit today. I pray for her quick recovery & good health: PM Narendra Modi’s tweet

6.40 pm: Sonia Gandhi cuts short her Varanasi visit & returns to Delhi after being advised by the doctor to do so.

03.53 pm: Chief Ministerial candidate from the party for the UP Elections, Shiela Dikshit tweeted a picture of Sonia Gandhi’s rally saying that the the crowd in the photo is a proof enough of the support that Congress has gathered in the state.

02.32 pm: Sonia Gandhi garlands the statue of BR Ambedkar in Varanasi. While Congress supporters throng the show in large numbers.


02.04 pm: Congress’ roadshow in Varanasi begins.


12.13 pm: While party President Sonia Gandhi has reached Varanasi to lead the roadshow, Rahul Gandhi tweets how the city has become a foundation of ‘hollow promises’.

12.04 pm: We are here to change the face of UP, says Shiela Dikshit on her arrival in Varanasi where Congress is set to start its roadshow soon.

11.38 am: Party President Sonia Gandhi arrives in Varanasi to lead Congress’ roadshow.


11.13 am: Ahead of party President Sonia Gandhi’s arrival, Congress leaders await for her at the airport.


10.17 am: The official Twitter handle of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee late on Monday night tweeted the itinerary of Sonia’s roadshow along with a slogan ’27 saal UP Behaal’ .

10.00 am: Ahead of the roadshow, PL Punia, Congress spokesperson tweeted that the city awaits to extend a warm welcome to Congress.

Commenting on the recent Bulandshahr gangrape, the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the 2017 UP Assembly election, Sheila Dikshit said,  “Law and order in the state under the SP has worsened and the recent incident of Bulandshahr was highly condemnable. Congress wants to rid the state of SP, BSP and BJP misrule of the last 27 years and put it on the path towards development.”

WATCH: UP Election 2017: Sonia Gandhi Does Roadshow In Modi’s Constituency

Dikshit claimed the development of Uttar Pradesh was evident 27 years ago when Congress was in power in the state. However, with governments led by the SP, BSP and BJP have “misruled by playing out religion and caste-based politics”.

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