Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi began his three-day campaign for the Gujarat Assembly elections on Monday with a visit to the Dwarkadheesh temple in Dwarka.
“Began the three day Navsarjan Yatra in Gujarat with darshan at Dwarkadhish Temple,” he tweeted.
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The 47-year-old Congress scion is going out on a whirlwind tour of the Saurashtra region, which sends one-third of the legislators in the 182-member State Assemly, from the famous religious town of Dwarka.
After offering prayers, he will drive down to Jamnagar, interacting with locals at various educational institutions, women and businessmen.
With the police refusing him permission to cover the 135 km stretch from Dwarka to Jamnagar by an open jeep citing security reasons, Gandhi would now be taking a luxury bus modified for him for the roadshow.
On Tuesday morning he will drive down to Rajkot, the hometown of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and also the key nerve centre of the Saurashtra region.
Gandhi would also offer prayers at the Khodaldham Temple, the deity of Patidar community.
On Wednesday, the Congress leader will reach Surendranagar. Here, he is expected to climb the long-winding stone stairs to the popular hilltop Chotila Temple.
He will wrap up his tour at Viramgam on the entry to Ahmedabad district, which incidentally happens to be the native home town of the young Patidar (or Patel) agitation spearhead Hardik Patel.
The Saurashtra region has been electorally tough for the Congress for the last two decades and it won only 12 of the 52 seats here in the 2012 assembly elections.
This time the party is looking at significantly improving the tally given the Patidar sentiment against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the overall farmer distress owing to various issues.