Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took this industrial city by storm, drawing huge crowds during his road show in various localities. His charisma, people said, matched with that of his late father when he visited Kanpur as a young leader.
Standing atop his Land Cruiser along with local candidates, Rahul caught the attention of all and sundry and managed to build a personal rapport, shaking hands with the people at IIT crossing, Geetanagar, Kalyanpur, Brahmanagar, P Road, Gumti, 80 Feet Road and Mariampur. He was particularly popular with teenaged girls, who greeted him with a huge roar at Gumti, sending the young Congress leader blushing from cheek to cheek.
When he was on P Road, a power cut sent the area into darkness, forcing some Congress workers to raise slogans against the state government. Meanwhile, a small girl hankering for autograph caught Rahul Gandhi’s attention. He lifted the girl into his arms and gave her what she wanted as worried SPG men looked on.
Thousands of people kept waiting for a glimpse of the Gandhi scion despite the heat wave condition. The Congress leader arrived late in the evening and started his road show from the parliamentary constituency of Billhaur. People shouted slogans and Congress candidates for the first time looked in an advantageous position.
Tassavur Ali of P Road said, " I have been standing here for last two hours to shake hands with Rahul. He is the only hope for our state."
Anamika Talwar of Kalyanpur was happy to watch someone from the Gandhi family. "I think Rahul has all the charisma to take the state towards development."
Ratika was happy as she got an opportunity to shake hands with her favourite politician. "Most of the politicians are aged, shrewd but Rahul seems innocent by his sheer looks. That's why he is my favourite politician. Look at the way he mingled with crowd despite security threats. This shows he is serious about the revival of Congress in the state."