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Buoyed by Gujarat show, Rahul to galvanise UP Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

After leading from the front in the Assembly polls that saw his party improving its show, is now focusing on Uttar Pradesh to galvanise party cadres in the run up to the 2019 elections. First time after donning the mantle of the party chief, Gandhi is all set to pay a two-day visit to his constituency from tomorrow. Though party workers are excited by his anointment and have planned a grand reception in Amethi, they are aware that the path for their young will not be easy in Uttar Pradesh where its electoral foray in the assembly polls had been anything but encouraging. The 47-year-old is likely to hold road shows at nearly seven places in He will reach Salon via Rae Bareli at around 12.30 pm and address the public at Salon Nagar Panchayat.

From Salon, he will proceed to Amethi, and then go to Munshiganj guest house, according to senior UP On January 16, at around 10.30 am, Rahul is likely to interact with the public at Musafirkhana, and then proceed to Jais, Jagdishpur and Mohanganj. "People of are quite excited about the visit of This is the first visit of after he became the People are looking forward to welcome him," Singh said. told that the new party knows the state well. "He has a personal rapport with party leaders and workers in .. we are ready to work hard with him in the field," he said. "The will definitely work out ways and means to galvanise the party in in order to make a big impact in the 2019 polls," he added. The Assembly has 403 seats. In the last assembly elections, the managed to win just seven seats, its lowest ever in the state. But what came as a bigger shock was its dismal show in and Rae Bareli, which had long been nurtured by the Gandhi family. The Modi wave stormed into and Rae Bareli, and was routed in eight of the 10 Assembly seats there. The BJP won six seats in and Rahul Gandhi's parliamentary constituencies with two seats going to the In a major embarrassment to the senior leadership of the party, the could manage victory in only two of the 10 prestigious seats. The party lost all five seats in Amethi, and barely saved face by winning in just two of the five seats in Sonia Gandhi's Rae Bareli constituency.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 13:40 IST