Rahul Gandhi on a 2500km mahayatra in UP before polls

06 Sep 2016 | Written by Vaneet Randhawa; Edited by Gaurav

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi announced his mahayatra from Deoria in eastern Uttar Pradesh to New Delhi from September 6.

He said that this was a "campaign to help secure rights of the poor, farmers and labourers in government resources."

The Congress Vice President announced the schedule of the month-long mahayatra which would cover 2,500-km through Uttar Pradesh ahead of the UP polls.

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UP elections (2017) will be crucial as it would decide the fate of 403 seats of the Vidhan Sabha.

While Samajwadi party will try and stay in power, a close match between the BJP and BSP is expected.

BJP is attempting to do "social engineering of Hindu castes" by wooing Dalits in UP.

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She is expected to hold 150 rallies across UP.

The announcement comes after Congress's election strategist Prashant Kishor appointed in November 2015 had earlier suggested that Priyanka took on a more prominent role in the UP elections.

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06 Sep 2016Rahul Gandhi on a 2500km mahayatra in UP before polls

Roadshow may not produce results

Sources within the Congress claimed that the party was sceptical of the kisan yatra as Rahul Gandhi had embarked on similar road shows in 2002 and 2007 but it had failed to translate in votes during elections.
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06 Sep 2016Impact of the mahayatra

Gandhi will engage in a door-to-door campaign accumulating 'kisan maagpatras' (farmers demand charters) and will have one-to-one interactions with farmers at Khaat Sabhas.

These 'khaat sabhas' will be held in 21 districts and alongwith road shows in various large towns and cities.

During this Congress mahayatra, Gandhi will cover as many as 233 assembly constituencies to reach out to the UP people.

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