Amid all pomp and show, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday held his first road show in Rajasthan for his teammate Jitendra Singh, who is contesting from Alwar Lok Sabha seat.
Sitting MP from Alwar and union minister Singh is facing a hard time contesting against BJP’s candidate Mahant Chandnath. During the 45-minute road show, Gandhi covered a stretch of five kilometres sitting atop a SUV along with state party chief Sachin Pilot and Singh, who was holding the party flag. Gandhi throughout the road show was welcomed with showering of petals and beating of drums, and on tunes of band at some points.
Gandhi arrived at 11.40am and started the road show immediately. Starting from Rao Tularam Circle, the rally crossed major city roads where to get a glimpse of him people lined up on both the sides of the road.
The SUV was driven by Pilot when Gandhi started for rally but soon Pilot also joined Gandhi after driving half way. The young faces of Congress including Gandhi, Singh and Pilot were seen campaigning together for the first time. The road show concluded at Nangli Cirle around 12.30 pm from where Rahul left for Mathura.
The pre-scheduled press conference after the rally was cancelled. Informing the newsperson about the cancellation of press conference Singh alleged that the administration denied them permission at the last minute. He added that he would lodge a complaint with the Election Commission of India.
He alleged the district administration and SPG had decided the route chart of road show and cleared the list of journalists and the place of press conference. But around 10.30 am the administration informed our election agent that the Gandhi’s interaction with press has been cancelled without giving any reason. He said: “District administration is working like a BJP worker.”
However, district collector MP Swami said, “I am not aware of any such issue. Permission and cancellation of events are handled by additional district magistrate (city).”