The Congress’s eastern UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, today, arrived in Prayagraj today to kick-start her Ganga Yatra boat rally to Varanasi after meeting party workers, madrasa teachers and anganwadi workers at the party’s Lucknow office, yesterday. After praying at the Bade Hanuman Mandir, she reached Triveni Sangam where she officially launched her campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Priyanka Gandhi has mounted the boat and with that, kick-started her election rally from Prayagraj along a 140km stretch all the way to Assi ghat in Varanasi. With the hope of reviving political fortunes of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka has undertaken this three-day trip in Purvanchal called ‘Saanchi Baat’.
“The holy Ganga is symbolic for truth and equality. The people of this state depend on the Ganges and I will depend on Ganga too to connect to you,” Priyanka had written in an open letter to the people.
Priyanka, who was welcomed by Congress workers amid chants of “Dahan Karo Modi Ki Lanka, Behen Priyanka Behen Priyanka”, tweeted an image of the room at Swaraj Bhawan where her grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi was born.
“While sitting at the Swaraj Bhawan I can see the room where my grandmother was born. While putting me to sleep at night, she used to tell me stories of Joan of Arc. Her words still echo in my heart. She used to tell me to be brave and everything good would happen,” she wrote.
Priyanka Gandhi is also expected to focus on campaigning against the BJP government’s claims and promises over a cleaned up the Ganges through this on-going rally. She will also meet the family of CRPF soldier Mahesh Raj Yadav who lost his life in the Pulwama terror attack of February 14.