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Congress changes Priyanka Gandhi’s procession route in UP due to security reasons

The Congress has made changes in the proposed route of party chief Rahul Gandhi and newly appointed general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia.

lucknow Updated: Feb 11, 2019 08:18 IST
Umesh  Raghuvanshi
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The Congress has made changes in the proposed route of party chief Rahul Gandhi and newly appointed general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia. (Deepak Gupta /HT)

The Congress has made changes in the proposed route that party chief Rahul Gandhi and newly appointed general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia will take to the party’s state headquarters in Lucknow from the Chaudhary Charan Singh international airport here on Monday due to security reasons.

Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar said, “We have avoided certain areas for security reasons and adjustments have been made in the route initially suggested to welcome the top Congress leaders. We are making arrangements to accord the Congress leaders a grand welcome.”

Babbar reviewed the preparations for the visit.

A senior party leader confirmed, “Yes, changes have been made in the route from the airport on the request of the district administration and security agencies. There is no change in the route from Amausi airport to the Burlington Hotel crossing here. After this point, the route has been changed now. Instead of moving towards Vidhan Sabha, the Congress procession will now proceed towards Lalbagh and reach GPO Park via Hazratganj and thereafter go to the UPCC headquarters via Raj Bhawan and the VVIP guest house. We agreed to avoid the Vidhan Sabha route as the assembly is in session.”

As this is Priyanka’s first visit to the state after her appointment, a team of party functionaries who have worked closely with her in Rae Bareli and Amethi have also reached here to oversee the preparations for her visit.

A number of hoardings are coming up along the route. Portraits of India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, former Prime Ministers late Indira Gandhi and the late Rajiv Gandhi are being put up in the corridors of the main UPCC building.

“We are also putting up portraits Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi,” said another party leader.

Busy schedule awaits Priyanka

Congress general secretary (incharge of east UP) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will have a busy schedule from early morning to nearly midnight when she begins Lok Sabha-wise interaction with partymen at the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) headquarters here.

She will arrive at the UPCC headquarters here on Monday and will have a joint programme with party president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary for UP west Jyortiaditya Scindia. Then, she proposes to begin holding Lok Sabha constituency-wise interaction with the partymen on Tuesday.

Her schedule will begin at about 9.30am and continue till midnight during her stay in Lucknow. She will have her first meeting with party workers of Mohanlalganj (reserved) Lok Sabha seat at about 10.30am on Tuesday. She will end her Lok Sabha interactions with a meeting with partymen of Misrikh (reserved) Lok Sabha seat. The meeting will continue till 11.30pm on Thursday.

First Published: Feb 10, 2019 23:12 IST