Weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress party's General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sounded the poll bugle with a three-day visit to the state starting from Prayagraj on Monday, March 18. She is scheduled to take a 140 km long trip on a speed boat termed as 'Ganga-Yatra' stretched across three days from Chhatnag in Prayagraj to Assi Ghat in Varanasi.
On Monday morning, the newly-appointed Congress leader visited Prayagraj where she offered prayers at the Bade Hanuman Temple and then visited the Triveni Sangam, which only a few days ago hosted the massive religious congregation Kumbh Mela 2019.
During her steamer boat ride, Priyanka Gandhi is also scheduled to meet the locals and villagers to get an on-ground picture of the state as a part of the programme ‘Sanchi Baat, Priyanka Ke Saath’ before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, after which she will return back to Delhi on March 20.
After being welcomed by the Congress leaders in the state, Priyanka Gandhi tweeted an image of the room at Swaraj Bhawan where her grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi was born.
Taking to Twitter, she wrote in Hindi: “While sitting at the Swaraj Bhawan, I can see the room where my grandmother was born. While putting me to sleep at night, she used to tell me stories of Joan of Arc. Her words echo in my heart even today. She used say - be brave and everything good would happen".
Earlier on Sunday, Priyanka Gandhi penned down a letter ahead of his trip. Referring to her 140- kilometer steamer boat ride through Ganga in the letter, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stated that she would reach to the people through the holy river.
"I will reach out to you through water way, bus, train, on foot. Ganga is the symbol of truth and equality and our Ganga is the symbol of Jamuni-culture. It doesn't discriminate. Ganga is the backbone of Uttar Pradesh. I will reach you though Ganga," read the letter.