Rahul Gandhi launches Congress campaign for Lok Sabha polls in UP
Lucknow: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has launched his party’s Lok Sabha polls campaign in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress Member of Parliament from UP’s Amethi, Rahul Gandhi, paid obeisance at the dargah of renowned Sufi saint Haji Waris Ali Shah and held a road show in Barabanki on Friday.
The Congress leader arrived at Lucknow in the morning and held an informal 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 Vice President left for the Deva Sharif dargah in Barabanki where he offered a 'chadar'. On the route to the dargah, Rahul Gandhi was accorded warm welcome at Mati and Gopalpur by activists of Congress' youth and student wings.
During the road show along, Congress 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 their favourite leader.
At the railway station road and Lucknow-Faizabad road, Gram Rojgar Welfare Association and MNREGS Technical Assistant Welfare Association complained to him about non-payment of their honorarium. Rahul Gandhi patiently listened to the, received their memorandum, and assured them of necessary action. In Lajpatnagar locality, a Sikh dominated area in Barabanki city, some people tried to tie a turban on him but when they failed to do so due to security reasons, he took it and put it around his neck amidst cheers.
During his meeting with aanganwadi workers and self-help group members, Rahul Gandhi stressed that women empowerment was a must for the country's development and called upon them to identify their strength. "Women would have to identify their strength and become self reliant to improve the future of their families and the country," Rahul Gandhi said at Sarai Shekh village of Chinhat. The Congress Vice President pointed out that through self-help groups lakhs of women had found employment and were making important contribution to their family income. During the meeting, aanganwadi workers raised the issue of delay in payment of their honorarium. Promising help, Gandhi exhorted them to come forward and fight for their own cause.
On Saturday, he will hold a road show, address a public gathering and also will have an enteractive session with the rickshaw pullers at Varanasi Railway station.