Madhya Pradesh: Rahul Gandhi launches poll campaign with road show
On Monday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi launched the party's poll campaign in Madhya Pradesh, a major BJP bastion, with a road show in Bhopal. He was received by the state president Kamal Nath and MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, among others, at the airport. Large number of Congress workers and supporters left the airport with Gandhi, holding Congress's flags and chanting "Rahul Gandhi Zindabad".
The Life-size posters, which showed Gandhi as a pious devotee of Lord Shiva, have been set up in the city. Rahul is seen pouring Ganga water on 'Shivalinga' in the posters, In fact, after his arrival, he sought the blessings of over 11 Hindu priests at the airport itself. Gandhi then began his 15-kilometre-long roadshow from Lalghati Chowk close to the Airport in Bhopal.
"The roadshow will end at BHEL's Dussehra Maidan, where Gandhi will talk to the party cadres. He will also address an open meeting of Congress workers, before leaving the city in the evening," state party spokesperson, Pankaj Chaturvedi said.
"The security has been tightened in Bhopal due to Gandhi's visit," Bhopal Inspector General (IG) of Police Jaideep Prasad said. "We have got an extra force of 1,500 policemen who have already been deputed," he told Deccan Chronicle, and added that more than one lakh Congress cadres from the state capital are expected.