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Sonia rallies bring cheer back, dispel health worry

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s first political rally in 2012 Assembly elections here on Thursday exhibited her ‘aggressive” posture towards taking on rivals with full might. Jasdeep Singh Malhotra reports.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2012 02:20 IST
Jasdeep Singh Malhotra

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s first political rally in 2012 Assembly elections here on Thursday exhibited her ‘aggressive” posture towards taking on rivals with full might.

After getting operated at a US hospital last year, Sonia was seen completely fit and was in full command of things. Soon after alighting from the SUV, Sonia, in her typical style, swiftly moved on to meet the Congress leaders lined up at the venue to greet her.

She was welcomed by Punjab Congress affairs in charge Gulchain Singh Charak and Punjab Pradseh Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh, while she met 11 candidates in a row till reaching the stage. She speedily completed the exercise to board the stage.

Sonia waved at the crowd to a thunderous applause. She burst out laughing when Punjab Congress affairs in charge Gulchain Singh Charak, while conducting the proceedings, asked the gathering in chaste Punjabi to raise slogans in favour of the Congress louder.

The Congress president was seen holding discussions with Amarinder Singh while she shared some light moments with leader of opposition in Punjab vidhan sabha Rajinder Kaur Bhattal on dais.

On her turn, she delivered an aggressive speech on failure of the SAD-BJP combine government in Punjab. The audience observed pin drop silence during her 15 minutes authoritative talk. Thereafter, she alighted from dais but not before waving at the crowd, which responded on positive note. Later, she again waived towards them while standing on the car’s footrest.