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Sonia Gandhi Varanasi Roadshow Cancelled. Here is How it Happened

News18.com | August 2, 2016, 7:28 PM IST
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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 the constituency.

Her choice of starting the campaign from Varanasi for the Assembly elections scheduled in 2017 is significant given the fact that it sends a signal that Congress is daring Modi on his home turf.
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Aug 2, 2016 7:01 pm (IST)

The road show has been called off . Sonia Gandhi has high fever and is on her way back to Delhi.

Aug 2, 2016 6:21 pm (IST)

In the middle of the road show, Sonia Gandhi reported uneasiness and went to a hotel midway for rest. Officially it has been described as "gone for taking rest." The final leg of the road show is getting delayed. Sonia who was expected to reach the final venue at 5 had not reached there so far.

Aug 2, 2016 3:37 pm (IST)
Aug 2, 2016 3:34 pm (IST)


Varanasi is a key place in eastern Uttar Pradesh having some 160 of the 403 constituencies in the state. Congress had only won two seats - Amethi and Rae Bareli in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Aug 2, 2016 3:31 pm (IST)
Aug 2, 2016 3:29 pm (IST)
Sonia Gandhi Attempts Congress Course-Correction in Modi's Varanasi

Attempting to resurrect a near moribund organisation in the Hindi heartland, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday stormed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency accompanied by a feisty throng of 10,000 bikers.

Aug 2, 2016 3:29 pm (IST)

The larger narrative in this script for Congress' revival is evident: that Congress in UP elections will be seeking to make a course-correction, attempting to regain its centrist position in the national polity... CNN-News18 Political Editor Sumit Pande writes

Aug 2, 2016 3:14 pm (IST)

CNN-News18 Lucknow Bureau Chief Pranshu Mishra reporting there is a big turnout at the roadshow and the mood is very upbeat. Sonia also struck the right note, paying tribute at the statue of Ambedkar before beginning her roadshow. 

Aug 2, 2016 2:56 pm (IST)

Congress has been out of power for 27 years in Uttar Pradesh and is projecting that the state has gone from bad to worse in last 27 years through a campaign called "27 saal UP behal".

Aug 2, 2016 2:52 pm (IST)
Aug 2, 2016 2:51 pm (IST)


This is Sonia Gandhi's first visit to Varanasi after Modi became Prime Minister. She is accompanied by Sheila Dikshit, who is the party's Chief Ministerial candidate in the state, AICC General Secretary Gulam Nabi Azad, UPCC Chief Raj Babbar, senior party leaders Pramod Tiwari and Sanjay Singh.

Aug 2, 2016 2:46 pm (IST)
Aug 2, 2016 2:44 pm (IST)
Aug 2, 2016 2:38 pm (IST)

Sonia Gandhi is spending around eight hours in Varanasi for her roadshow and will visit the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in the evening.

Aug 2, 2016 2:25 pm (IST)

The roadshow starts from Circuit House and proceeds to Chaukaghat,Peelikothi, Maidagir and Kabirchaura before ending at the Kamalapathi Tripathi Smarak.

Aug 2, 2016 2:18 pm (IST)

After Sonia Gandhi and Congress' chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit arrived and paid tributes at the Ambedkar statue, the road show began.

Aug 2, 2016 2:13 pm (IST)
Aug 2, 2016 2:07 pm (IST)

Women and children waiting for Sonia to address the rally

Aug 2, 2016 2:06 pm (IST)

Children with Congress flags in Varanasi

Aug 2, 2016 2:01 pm (IST)
Aug 2, 2016 2:00 pm (IST)

Congress has launched a campaign "dard-e-banaras" to highlight lack of development in Varanasi, which Modi has been representing for over two years in the Lok Sabha.

Aug 2, 2016 1:59 pm (IST)
Aug 2, 2016 1:59 pm (IST)
Aug 2, 2016 1:58 pm (IST)

She is accompanied by Sheila Dikshit, who is the party's Chief Ministerial candidate in the state, AICC General Secretary Gulam Nabi Azad, UPCC Chief Raj Babbar, senior party leaders Pramod Tiwari and Sanjay Singh.

Aug 2, 2016 1:58 pm (IST)

Gandhi is scheduled to visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in the evening to offer prayers.

Aug 2, 2016 1:58 pm (IST)

Her choice of starting the campaign from Varanasi for the Assembly elections scheduled next year is significant given the fact that it sends a signal that Congress is daring Modi on his home turf.

Aug 2, 2016 1:58 pm (IST)

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

Sonia Gandhi Varanasi Roadshow Cancelled. Here is How it Happened
File photo of Congress President Sonia Gandhi/Courtesy: Twitter

Congress is out of power for 27 years in Uttar Pradesh and is projecting that the state has gone from bad to worse in last 27 years through a campaign called "27 saal UP behal".

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor has been roped in by Congress to help and assist the UPCC in the Assembly polls. Kishore was earlier strategist of Modi in Lok Sabha polls and Nitish Kumar in Bihar Assembly polls.

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