Sonia begins poll campaign from tribal belt in Gujarat
Sonia Gandhi hit the LS election campaign trail in Gujarat as part of her 2-day visit to various parts of tribal dominated south Gujarat.india Updated: Mar 16, 2004 18:28 IST
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday hit the Lok Sabha election campaign trail in Gujarat as part of her two-day visit to various parts of tribal dominated south Gujarat.
Gandhi, who touched down at 2:30 pm in a private helicopter in this remote tribal village of the Union Territory, approximately 180 km from Surat, was late by 45 minutes for her road show even as people beat the heat to get a glimpse of her.
Hundreds of tribal men, women and youths flocked to greet the Congress president, who was given adequate security cover even as regular 'bandobast' was tightened.
As soon as Gandhi landed, she went around meeting the tribals and even talked to several womenfolk who had been standing in long lines to meet her or at least get a glimpse.
The Congress president enquired about their problems and even talked to a youth who said that "Adivasis are getting education but there is a shortage of jobs". Gandhi said that she would `pay attention' to their issues.
Earlier, another helicopter carrying senior party leaders including Ahmed Patel and in-charge for Gujarat Prithviraj Chauhan 'crashed' while landing in Khanvel village in the Union Territory causing minor injuries to the latter and co-pilot.
The Congress president, with Patel and Kumari Shailaja, proceeded towards another remote village Bhilad. She would later proceed to Vapi, Silvasa and Union Territory of Daman.