As it happened: Rahul Gandhi in Ayodhya is first Gandhi to visit since 1992

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As it happened: Rahul Gandhi in Ayodhya is first Gandhi to visit since 1992
  • 13:42 (IST)

    Ambulance stuck at Rahul Gandhi's roadshow

  • 13:40 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi's convoy blocks ambulance

    Rahul Gandhi's Mahayatra is fraught with controversies. First, the Khat episode, where people fought with each other to take khats home from the rally. Now, according to Times Now, Rahul's convoy blocked an ambulance in Ayodhya. He had taken out a roadshow in Faizabad and also visited the Faizabad Public School at Gandhi Park before starting his roadshow.

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi at a roadshow in Faizabad

    Rahul Gandhi's Kisan Mahayatra reached Ayodhya on Friday. He addressed the crowd during a roadshow in Faizabad. 

    Earlier, he had demanded a loan waiver for farmers. He claimed that the Prime Minister waived loans to the tune of Rs 1.10 lakh crore of "big industrialists and rich people" in the last two years while he forgot the plight of farmers who are carrying the burden of the entire country. 

  • 13:01 (IST)

    Congress' soft Hindutva agenda in UP

    Political observers see a soft Hindutva agenda in the Ayodhya visit at a time when Congress appears to follow a Brahmin-centric campaign in Uttar Pradesh designed by Prashant Kishor. Reports suggest that Kishor is strategising Congress' campaign in a way to win its original constituencies of Muslims, Brahmins and a section of the non-Dalit Other Backward Castes (OBCs). The grand old party of India had won in UP 27 years back.


  • 12:32 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi arrives at Faizabad 

  • 12:03 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi to hold a road show in Faizabad

    Rahul Gandhi, who visited the Hanuman Garhi Temple in Ayodha, stayed away away from the site of 'shilanyas', the foundation stone that had been laid there in 1989 for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. He will later hold a roadshow in Faizabad. 

    Rajiv Gandhi had planned to visit the Hanuman Garhi Temple on a trip to Ayodhya during his 'Sadbhavna Yatra' in 1990, but he could not make it.


  • 11:51 (IST)

    Prashant Kishor behind Rahul's UP yatra

    Election strategist Prashant Kishor has orchestrated Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's yatra. Though Rahul's much-hyped 'khat sabha' in Deoria turned into absolute chaos, with the Congress' perceived soft Hindutva strategy, the party hopes to counter BJP's development agenda in UP. According to The Indian Express, Kishor's idea is to tap the Congress vote base from the pre-Babri era when Brahmin voters were at the core of the Congress strategy.

  • 11:05 (IST)

    Congress V-P to cover 39 districts in UP as part of 'Kisan Mahayatra'

    The Congress party launched its campaign for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election with the 'Kisan Mahayatra'. As part of the tour, he willcover 39 districts spread over 55 of the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh.

  • 10:55 (IST)

    First Gandhi to visit Ayodha since Babri Masjid demolition

    Rahul Gandhi arrived in Ayodha today as party of as part of the 'Kisan Mahayatra' ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections. This is the first visit by a Gandhi family member since 1992 Babri Masjid demolition.

  • 10:49 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi visits Hanuman Garhi Temple in Ayodha

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will visit Ayodhya on Friday as part of the 'Kisan Mahayatra' ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections. He will be the first in the Gandhi-Nehru clan to visit the city since the demolition of the Babri Masjid 24 years ago, reported NDTV.

Rahul will reportedly offer his prayers at the famous Hanuman Garhi temple. It is still not confirmed whether he will visit the Ram temple at the Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid site, which is about a kilometre away.

A file photo of Rahul Gandhi. PTI

A file photo of Rahul Gandhi. PTI

According to a report by Hindustan Times, Ram Das Verma, president of district Congress committee, Faizabad, said, “Rahul Gandhi will visit Hanuman Garhi temple for darshan at 10 am and meet Mahant Gyan Das. There is no other programme or meeting with anybody else.”

The Congress vice-president will later hold a road show in Faizabad.

On Thursday, he was in Basti where he interacted with farmers and also visited many nearby villages.

Last month, Congress president Sonia Gandhi's visit to Varanasi was cut short after she fell ill. Sonia Gandhi has not visited Ayodhya since 1992.

Congress' perceived soft Hindutva strategy is reportedly being orchestrated by strategist Prashant Kishor to counter BJP's development agenda in Uttar Pradesh.

Kishor has designed the Congress vice president's month-long yatra or tour of the state, where elections will be held early next year.

Updated Date: Sep 09, 2016 14:51 PM

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