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Priyanka wows crowds in Lucknow along with Rahul, Scindia

Lucknow, Feb 11 (IANS): Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was cheered by thousands as she rode in an open truck here on Monday along with her brother and Congress President Rahul Gandhi on her first visit to Uttar Pradesh after becoming the Congress General Secretary East UP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Security personnel had a tough time holding back enthusiastic crowds as the convoy, which included other party leaders including state unit President Raj Babbar and General Secretary West Uttar Pradesh Jyotiraditya Scindia, wound its way amid full-throated slogans hailing Priyanka Gandhi and lampooning Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

At one point at Burlington crossing, Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Scindia and the other leaders had to lower their heads and eventually dismount from the truck to escape dangerously low hanging electric wires. They shifted to a car before returning to the truck.

"Aa gayi badlaav ki aandhi, Rahul sung Priyanka Gandhi" (The storm is coming, Rahul along with Priyanka Gandhi), was a favourite slogan among the supporters, many of whom wore caps and T-shirts with Priyanka's picture embossed on them.

Many hurled flower garlands at Priyanka Gandhi, who, constantly waving at the crowds, occasionally threw back the flowers to the crowds. Hundreds of activists carried the Congress party flags.

The winding route from the Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to the Congress office at Mall Avenue, almost 25 km long, was replete with hoardings and banners. Posters of Priyanka, a few comparing her with Hindu goddess Durga, were plastered everywhere.

The Congress office had been painted afresh and decorated with hundreds of kilos of marigold and other flowers.

On Monday, Priyanka Gandhi's husband Robert Vadra, now embroiled in investigation by the Enforcement Directorate, urged people to ensure her safety.

Priyanka Gandhi, who opened her Twitter account on Monday, said a day earlier that she wanted to "build a new future, new politics".

"I have hope that together we will start a new kind of politics, a politics in which all of you will be stakeholders. Come, let's build a new future, new politics with me."

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    slaves are busy posting pic of the rally..of what? of some Andra cities instead of Lucknow. later deleting but not apologising... How funny.. slaves claim to be educated.. but in an urge to o showcase their master, they end up jokers..LOL

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  • shetty, puttur

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    In the 21st century, we choose leaders based on charm/dynasty not based on proven administration ability.

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    BJP ka Anthim Yatra

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    Tonight BJP guys will sleep with Diapers ...

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  • JK, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    Where is Robert Vadra?

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    New dawn in India's political history after 5 years.
    Now BJP army of political leaders will start firing abuses left right and centre.
    Want to watch public response and interaction to these formidable trio.

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  • Jayaram, Kinnigoli

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    Modi and Shah will not sleep today..........

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  • Pai, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    So this time will rahul/priyanka wave and CONgress will win 400+ seats easily

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  • Jennifer, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2019

    Mr. Pai,

    You just go on watching - we will do the counting later.

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