Rahul Gandhi begins road show in Odisha two days ahead of Narendra Modi’s visit

Rahul, who began his first ever road show in the state, was greeted by hundreds standing on both side of road.

Bhubaneswar | Published:February 9, 2014 12:27 pm
Congress Party workers welcomed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to the state, as slogans like 'Rahul Gandhi Zindabad...' rent the air. (PTI) Congress Party workers welcomed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to the state, as slogans like ‘Rahul Gandhi Zindabad…’ rent the air. (PTI)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday embarked on a 50-km roadshow from here to Salipur in Cuttack district on the first day of his Odisha visit. As soon as the Nehru-Gandhi scion arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport, he was received by State Congress leaders including OPCC President Jaydev Jena and AICC General Secretary B K Hariprasad. Party workers welcomed him to the state, as slogans like ‘Rahul Gandhi Zindabad…’ rent the air.

Followed by nearly a dozen of cars, Rahul’s cavalcade passed through Sishu Bhavan Chhak, Rajmahal Chhak, Cuttack Road, Rasulgarh Chhak before leaving the precincts of state capital. Rahul, who began his first ever road show in the state, was greeted by hundreds standing on both side of road.

The security personnel had a tough time at Rasulgarh Chhak as Rahul got down from his car to meet some women standing alongside the road. Some of them thanked him for influencing the Centre to announce rise in LPG cylinder quota to 12.

“The Congress vice-president’s typical smile hooked me,” said Smita Das, a management student. “I wanted to have glimpse of country’s youth leader.”

“Rahulji wants to interact with women, students as well as people belonging from minority community through road shows for one-to-one interaction,” said Nabarangpur MP Pradip Majhi.

Before reaching the Cuttack city, Rahul’s car stopped at Gopalpur on the National Highway where he came out and met with people standing on the road side.

Rahul’s roadshow preceded BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s, two days from now. However, state BJP spokesman Suren Pujari claimed that
Rahul’s visit would have no impact on the people of Odisha.

“Rahul’s visit will have no influence on our people as they have suffered badly during the UPI-I and II. Congress supporters might be elated to see Rahul Gandhji, but the people of the state are upset with the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre,” said senior BJD leader and government Chief Whip Pravat Tripathy.

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    Michel
    Feb 9, 2014 at 9:18 am
    Poor and politically illiterate and innocent and ignorant people..They think Rahul hi ( ..lol..where did he get the name of "hi" on what account..?) is their saviour. This is just like the Christian missionaries doing the trick. They make Hindu deities in clay and a cross in the wood and paint both white and throw into the water. Then pointing to the floating jesus (because of the wood) they will ask the illierate which god will save you..jesus or your good..the poor looking at the floating cross say, "cross". this is the deceptive means that the Vatican and Chatholics have been using since 200 years ago. They make theri Indian agents a wealthy settlment and make all avaialble resources for them to deceive people into their ways of doing business..and the one that falls will follow their masters...After British, the colonialist ruled Indian through Congress... and raped the country...Still prepetrators have no shame..and the ignorants are more in India..! If the people cannot save the nation god cannot do it..!
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      Michel
      Feb 9, 2014 at 9:18 am
      Poor and politically illiterate and innocent and ignorant people..They think Rahul hi ( ..lol..where did he get the name of "hi" on what account..?) is their saviour. This is just like the Christian missionaries doing the trick. They make Hindu deities in clay and a cross in the wood and paint both white and throw into the water. Then pointing to the floating jesus (because of the wood) they will ask the illierate which god will save you..jesus or your good..the poor looking at the floating cross say, "cross". this is the deceptive means that the Vatican and Chatholics have been using since 200 years ago. They make theri Indian agents a wealthy settlment and make all avaialble resources for them to deceive people into their ways of doing business..and the one that falls will follow their masters...After British, the colonialist ruled Indian through Congress... and raped the country...Still prepetrators have no shame..and the ignorants are more in India..! If the people cannot save the nation god cannot do it..!
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        Mahi Kumari
        Feb 9, 2014 at 7:50 am
        It's nice to hear Rahul hi's speeches, he sound's very positive, he have clear agenda for better tomorrow, he understand country people problem very closely because he always from from grroots.
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          Mahi Kumari
          Feb 9, 2014 at 7:50 am
          It's nice to hear Rahul hi's speeches, he sound's very positive, he have clear agenda for better tomorrow, he understand country people problem very closely because he always from from grroots.
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            Komal Tanwar
            Feb 9, 2014 at 10:57 am
            BJP's Gujarat government only works for the privileged. When Rahul hi said, Modi ji speaks whatever comes to his mind, even if it's not true. 13000 government schools were shut down in Gujarat, but this is never mentioned anywhere. What is the use of development, if the poor and the adivasis are left out? 55,000 small businesses were shut, I ask why?
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              Komal Tanwar
              Feb 9, 2014 at 10:57 am
              BJP's Gujarat government only works for the privileged. When Rahul hi said, Modi ji speaks whatever comes to his mind, even if it's not true. 13000 government schools were shut down in Gujarat, but this is never mentioned anywhere. What is the use of development, if the poor and the adivasis are left out? 55,000 small businesses were shut, I ask why?
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                Komal Tanwar
                Feb 9, 2014 at 10:57 am
                No comparison b/w Rahul hi and Narender Modi. Congress vice president Rahul hi mocked Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, and said that a person who deceives everyone cannot be respected. Rahul hi is very true when he said, 'the entire India does some work. Some make tea, some drive taxi's, some are farmers. We need to respect everyone. But a person who makes a fool of us, they need not be respected.'
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                  Komal Tanwar
                  Feb 9, 2014 at 10:57 am
                  Rahul hi mocked Narendra Modi, and said that a person who deceives everyone cannot be respected. Rahul hi is very true when he said, 'the entire India does some work. Some make tea, some drive taxi's, some are farmers. We need to respect everyone. But a person who makes a fool of us, they need not be respected.'
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