New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra,
the Congress` star campaigners, have intensified their public
contact programmes in different parts of Uttar Pradesh as the
election dates draw near in the politically crucial state.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President
Sonia Gandhi`s tour programmes are yet to be finalised but a
senior leader in the party said both leaders will be
addressing at least one election rally in each of the seven
phases starting from March 3.
While Priyanka today reached Fursatganj on a three-day
tour of Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar and Rae Bareli,
Rahul will begin his tour of Bundelkhand region from tomorrow.
The AICC general secretary will also address a tribal
rally in Sonebhdadra this week.
Priyanka`s three-day tour will be confined only to the
Assembly segments falling in the Parliamentary constituencies
of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi --- Raebareli and Amethi -- for the
There are 10 assembly constituencies in Raebareli and
Amethi of which seven are represented by Congress. Priyanka
Gandhi will again coming on Amethi tour from February 2.
Party sources say while Rahul is on a whirl wind tour of
the state spelling out party`s policy and programmes to
electorates, Priyanka`s current tour is more related to
rejuvenating the party workers and taking stock. Her public
campaigns will start a few days later.
Rahul`s campaign this week focuses on Bundelkhand which
has a sizable tribal population, for which the central
government had announced a development package at his
initiative last year.
He would start his campaign from Lalitpur tomorrow and
then travel to and other districts before addressing a public
meeting in Duddhi,Sonbhadra district, on January 21.