Lucknow: UP Congress has cancelled two of Rahul gandhi's rallies in the state on October 22 in view of Hindu festival 'Karvachauth' that is falling on the same day.
The party feared that the festival may result in thin attendance in the rally that can be embarrassing for Rahul.
While Congress leaders are attributing this for the axing of the rallies at Hamirpur and Salempur, other sources say the Congress was unhappy with the poor turnout at Gandhi's rallies this week in Aligarh and Rampur.
At both Aligarh and Rampur, the crowds were much below Congress expectations. After his return to the capital, Gandhi is learnt to pulled up Congress leaders from Uttar Pradesh, the sources said.