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Priyanka Gandhi to embark on Ganga yatra from March 18

She will explore a new means of reaching out to the electorate by covering a 3-day, 140 km long 'ganga-yatra' on a steamer boat, starting with Chhatnag in Prayagraj on Monday.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: March 15, 2019 17:31 IST ]
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, is set to travel by boat in the Ganga from Allahabad to Varanasi on March 18.

She will explore a new means of reaching out to the electorate by covering a 3-day, 140 km long 'ganga-yatra' on a steamer boat, starting with Chhatnag in Prayagraj on Monday.

Priyanka Gandhi will also meet people of the villages/towns falling en route her final stop Assi Ghat in Varanasi.

Priyanka is all set to formally kick off campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls from the political hotbed of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Prayagraj and Varanasi, using the river route.

Priyanka, 47, who was recently appointed Congress general secretary incharge of eastern UP, will cover a distance of about 110 to 112 km touching Prayagraj, Bhadohi, Mirzapur and Varanasi.

Priyanka's plans for the first phase of her campaign was stated in a letter submitted to the Election Commission and permission has been sought for her visit from Prayagraj to Varanasi from March 18 to March 20.

The letter also informs that Priyanka will use a motorboat to cover the distance of around 100 km and programmes to welcome her have been scheduled for which permission was required in compliance with the Model Code of Conduct.

Priyanka is likely to arrive in the state capital on March 17 and move to Prayagraj for her campaign the next day. There she is expected to visit the historic Anand Bhawan, the erstwhile official residence of the Nehru family, now dedicated as a museum housing the personal belongings of Jawaharlal Nehru and his father Motilal Nehru.

Congress circles say that Priyanka may offer prayers at Maa Vindhayavasini temple in Mirzapur and Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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