Rahul leads foot march on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday led a foot march here to mark the start of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary celebrations and to give a message against what the party called the "atmosphere of fear" in the country.
Wardha (Maha): Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday led a foot march here to mark the start of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary celebrations and to give a message against what the party called the "atmosphere of fear" in the country.
Senior party leaders K C Venugopal, R P N Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jyotiraditya Scindia, state unit president Ashok Chavan, Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and others joined Rahul Gandhi, as he began the march after garlanding a statue of the father of the nation near the district collector's office.
Rahul Gandhi covered a part of the 4-km distance in his vehicle and rest on foot. On way to his destination, he was greeted by thousands of people who waved at him and jostled with each other to catch a glimpse of the Congress leader.
People as well as Congress workers lined up both sides of the road, giving some tough moments to Gandhi's security personnel. They waved flags and raised slogans hailing Gandhi. Many people stood in their balconies and terraces to watch the procession. The march culminated at Circus Ground (in Ramnagar locality) here, where the Congress president addressed a rally.
The Congress chief walked for around 50 minutes before reaching the rally venue, a party leader said.
Wardha district has traditionally been a bastion of the Congress. The party leadership was in Sevagram village, located around 10 km from Wardha district headquarters, to attend the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) Tuesday.
The Congress is seeking return to power at the centre and also in Maharashtra following its drubbing at the hands of the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha and state Assembly polls.