UP polls: Rahul Gandhi to cover 2,500 km, 233 Assembly constituencies, 39 districts, but no big rallies

Congress has been out of power in UP for last 27 years.

Last Updated: Aug 29, 2016, 22:32 PM IST
UP polls: Rahul Gandhi to cover 2,500 km, 233 Assembly constituencies, 39 districts, but no big rallies
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Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will launch an almost month-long tour of Uttar Pradesh for the 2017 crucial Assembly elections but it will not include any large rallies.

AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the Congress VP would travel through 39 districts of UP covering 2,500 km.

He will embark on his mahayatra from Deoria in eastern UP from September 6 traversing as many as 233 Assembly constituencies.

Azad said no big public meeting is being planned during the mahayatra in which Rahul will address small rallies and also hold road shows in towns along the way.

Asked if the Congress VP would visit Ayodhya, Azad evaded a direct answer saying, "He would visit whatever places that would come in between and not to create any controversy out of it," as per PTI.

The senior Congress leader, who is also in-charge of party affairs in UP, said Rahul will meet men, women, and the youth and discuss the various issues that they are facing.

He said in 21 districts Rahul will have 'khaat sabhas' also while there will be road shows in numerous large towns and cities.

Congress has been out of power in UP for nearly three decades.

For the 2017 polls, the party has declared former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, 78, as its CM candidate.

The other prominent parties in the fray are Samajwadi Party, BSP and the BJP.

(With Agency inputs)