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Watch | Rahul Gandhi partakes Langar at Golden Temple in his first visit after election announcement

Rahul Gandhi is visiting Punjab for the first time after the election dates were announced on January 8 by the Election Commission of India.

Paras Bisht Edited by: Paras Bisht @ParasBisht15 Amritsar Updated on: January 27, 2022 23:48 IST
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Rahul Gandhi eats Langar at Golden Temple

Highlights

  • Rahul Gandhi, Cong candidates offer prayers at Golden Temple
  • Congress is seeking to retain power in Punjab
  • Gandhi is visiting the poll-bound state for the first time after the election dates were announced

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with party candidates for the Punjab assembly polls offered prayers at the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Gandhi also partook 'langar' along with the party candidates.

In a tweet in Hindi, Gandhi said he along with the Congress candidates prayed for the future of Punjab at Harmandir Sahib.

Gandhi was flanked by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party's state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. Kicking off his poll campaign in Punjab, Gandhi is scheduled to address a virtual rally at Mithapur in Jalandhar. However, five Congress leaders Manish Tewari, Jasbir Singh Gill, Ravneet Singh Bitto, Praneet Kaur and Mohd Saqib were absent from Rahul Gandhi's Golden Temple visit. 

He is visiting the poll-bound state for the first time after the election dates were announced on January 8 by the Election Commission of India. 

Channi, Sidhu and deputy chief ministers Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and O P Soni earlier received Gandhi at the Amritsar airport on his arrival from Delhi.

 

Gandhi later visited Jallianwala Bagh. He also visited Durgiana Temple and the Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal here.The Congress has announced 109 candidates for the February 20 Punjab Assembly polls. The names of candidates for eight seats are yet to be announced. At Jalandhar's Mithapur, Gandhi will address the 'Punjab Fateh' virtual rally in the afternoon before returning to Delhi in the evening.

The Election Commission had extended the ban on physical rallies and road shows till January 31 in the five poll-going states, including Punjab. 
The Congress is seeking to retain power in Punjab which will go to the polls on February 20.

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