DEORIA, UTTAR PRADESH: It was the khatiyas or beds that were most sought after at Rahul Gandhi's "khaat sabha" in a town in east Uttar Pradesh today.
The Congress VP's meeting with ranchers and a location to them had scarcely finished, when local people were seen leaving with the brand new beds that had been laid out by his get-together. Around 2,000 of them.
It started with an attack of eatables and filtered water put away in a tent. A couple people then got a few bunks and the group took after. Before long, just a couple of beds made of iron were left on the tremendous ground – they were too overwhelming to lift.
The khaat sabha – an imaginative thought on town gatherings where seniors purposeful on imperative matters situated on bunks molded out of rope and wood – denoted the start of Mr Gandhi's agriculturist centered month-long yatra or voyage through UP, where vital races will be held ahead of schedule one year from now.
Mr Gandhi started his crusade typically with an assault on Prime Minister Narendra Modi who he blamed for having "overlooked agriculturists".
"Modiji rambled about agriculturists and how he proposed to help them. In any case, when he came to power, ranchers were speedily overlooked," claimed Mr Gandhi, whose yatra is gone for empowering party unit and advising voters that the Congress is making a genuine offer at winning the state following 27 years. .
He started his 2,500-km venture from Deoria in eastern UP and intends to cover 223 of Uttar Pradesh's 403 get together voting public. The monstrous open effort will see Mr Gandhi ceasing in towns for close cooperations with agriculturists as he gathers a contract of ranchers' requests. He will likewise hold street appears.
Commentators see shades of PM Modi's mainstream Chai Pe Charcha crusade from the 2014 national race in Mr Gandhi's effort program. They have been scripted by the same man – decision strategist Prashant Kishor, who is arranging the UP crusade for the Congress, which has declared Sheila Dikshit, 78, as its hypothetical boss pastor.
The UP race is being seen as a test before the national race in 2019, and the BJP is making a similarly decided offer to win the state.