In an effort to woo voters for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday arrived at Varanasi, where she got a rousing welcome with party workers lining up on both sides of the road and raising slogans hailing her.
Sonia spent some time in the VIP lounge after reaching Babarpur airport, then drove off for her scheduled road show.
On way, as her cavalcade emerged out of the airport, hundreds of enthusiastic Congress workers showered petals on her and asked her to lead the party to power in Uttar Pradesh.
She waved back to the supporters and, at times, greeted them with folded hands from inside her bulletproof vehicle. Security personnel had a tough time keeping the crowds at bay.
Newly-appointed UP Congress chief Raj Babbar told reporters that he was sure the people of the state would back the party in the Assembly polls in 2017.
“The people of UP have always shown miracles. In 2004, they gave us many MPs, in 2007 they gave a mandate to the BSP, in 2012 to the SP and in 2014 to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi. I am sure that in 2017, the miracle is going to be in our favour,” he said, adding that Sonia Gandhi had come to Varanasi, the Lok Sabha seat of Modi, to seek the blessings of Baba Vishwanath of Kashi.