Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi was on Thursday accorded a hero's welcome by his party workers as he visited this Uttar Pradesh capital for the first time after the general elections.
Thousands of people carrying Congress flags or banners welcomed him at Lucknow's Amousi airport, which resounded with cheers of "Rahul Gandhi zindabad" (Long live Rahul Gandhi).
The 14-km long drive from the airport to the state Congress headquarters at the Mall Avenue wore a festive look with large posters, banners and hoardings of the young MP almost every 100 metres.
Enthusiastic party workers flung flower garlands at the vehicle carrying him as his motorcade meandered through the crowded roads.
Besides common party workers, all prominent party leaders from different parts of the state gathered at the party office to hear Gandhi's address.
The party office has started buzzing with activity only after the Congress success in the May general elections, when it romped home with 21 of the state's 80 Lok Sabha seats - a performance largely credited to Gandhi, a Lok Sabha member from Amethi.
Gandhi held a closed-door meeting of the party coordination committee where he was stated to have spelt out his "mission 2012", which aims at installing the Congress back in power in this most populous state.