To kickstart his political campaign for the upcoming assembly elections later this year, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday arrived in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. The Congress will try to ramp up their base in the central state of India known to be a stronghold of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) brigade.
Meanwhile, ahead of Gandhi's visit to Bhopal, posters and cut-outs of the Congress president have been put up across Bhopal, describing him as a devotee of Lord Shiva. On a related note, the 48-year-old has just returned from a pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar.
"Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh for a roadshow and will be meeting party workers," the Congress wrote on its official Twitter handle.
The road-show, which is being touted as the 'Sankalp Yatra' of Congress has started from Lal Ghati circle around 1:30 pm. Lakhs of Congress workers from across India will march towards BHEL Dussehra Ground during the show. Rahul Gandhi will address a sea of humanity from the Dussehra Ground at about 4 pm Monday.
Here are the highlights on Rahul Gandhi's Karnataka visit:
# 15:00 pm: Rahul Gandhi having tea, samosa during his roadshow in Madhya Pradesh
# 13:55 pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi is greeted by a throng of supporters during the Congress Sankalp Yatra in Bhopal.
# 13:30 pm: A sea of enthusiastic supporters greets Congress President Rahul Gandhi as the Congress Sankalp Yatra makes its way through Bhopal.
# 13:26 pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi holds 'Sankalp Yatra' in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi holds 'Sankalp Yatra' in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal. pic.twitter.com/CBELLgnOpM— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2018
# 13:06 pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrives in Bhopal to kickstart the poll campaign with the Congress Sankalp Yatra.
# 12:56 pm: “Going to participate in a roadshow organised by state Congress workers on Monday. The roadshow will start from Lal Ghati circle at around 1:30 pm in the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Will attend a gathering at Bhel Dussehra Ground at 4 pm today,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted. “Excited and waiting eagerly to meet the people of Bhopal,” the Gandhi scion added.
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# 12:51 pm: Madhya Pradesh: Posters and cutouts of Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders seen in Bhopal ahead of his roadshow in the city today.
Madhya Pradesh: Posters and cutouts of Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders seen in Bhopal ahead of his roadshow in the city today pic.twitter.com/3sjkEkgd55— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2018
# 12:50 pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh for a roadshow and will be meeting party workers.
Besides, Gandhi is expected to arrive in Bhopal by aircraft by Monday noon. He will then embark on a 15-kilometre-long roadshow from Lalghati Chowk, located close to the airport, after seeking the blessings of more than 11 Hindu priests, state party spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi told PTI on Sunday.
Gandhi's roadshow, in which he will ride an open vehicle, will conclude at Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd's Dussehra Maidan, where he will interact with party cadres, he added.
Keeping in mind the security arrangements, Bhopal Inspector General (IG) of Police Jaideep Prasad has deployed large number of police personnel across Bhopal. "We have got an extra force of 1,500 policemen who have already been deputed," Prasad added.