2017 UP Assembly polls: Congress president Sonia flags off '27 saal, UP behal' yatra

The three-day yatra is an attempt by Congress to reach out to electorate and expose failures of state governments over the years

2017 UP Assembly polls: Congress president Sonia flags off

The Congress has set the poll bugle in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh set to go to Assembly polls in 2017. The party has decided to its own way to woo the masses. Realising the urgency to inform the electorate about the party's plans for the state, Congress president Sonia Gandhi  flagged off a three-day bus yatra to Uttar Pradesh, which is intended to inform the people about the failures of successive non-Congress governments in the state.

The bus yatra, with a message '27 saal, UP behal', will travel through Ghaziabad, Hapur, Amroha and Moradabad on the first day and halt at Moradabad for the night.

In the next two days, the bus will cover Rampur, Bareilly, Hardoi, Kannauj and Kanpur.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other senior leaders, including Sheila Dikshit -- the party's chief ministerial candidate for the 2017 UP Assembly elections -- and newly-appointed state party chief Raj Babbar were present at the flagoff.

"As we start our '27 Saal, UP Behal' Yatra, I seek your support and blessings," Dikshit said.

Senior leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Babbar and Dikshit will address public rallies during the bus yatra.