Congress’ UP chief, accompanying Priyanka Gandhi in Varanasi, falls in river
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited Varanasi on Friday to meet activists held during protests against the amended Citizenship Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Gandhi first reached Ravidas temple and proceeded as per the schedule to meet activists.
She took a boat to cross the Ganga and reach Panchganga ghat. Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Singh Lallu, who was accompanying Gandhi, fell in the river as the boat was overcrowded.
However, an alert Priyanka Gandhi and other Congressmen immediately rushed to Lallu’s rescue and helped him get on the boat.
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“I wanted to come here for a long time. My wish to visit Ravidas temple has been fulfilled today. Many many congratulations and thanks to people of Ravidas community and all the sevadars of the temple,” Gandhi wrote in the visitors’ book at the temple.
She also visited Kashi Vishwanath temple later in the day.
Gandhi was in the city for four hours to meet all the 59 people, including social activists and students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), who were jailed for anti-CAA protest at Benia area of Varanasi on December 19 last year. They were recently released on bail.
She left for Jaipur at 2 pm. Gandhi also called on Sampurnanand Sanskrit University student union office bearers at the airport . Recently NSUI swept students union at the varsity.
The Congress leader had earlier met the families of those who died during protests against CAA and NRC in Uttar Pradesh.