Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi began the fifth day of his ongoing ‘Kisan Yatra’ across Uttar Pradesh on Friday with Ayodhya, becoming the first member of his family to visit the town since the Babri Masjid’s demolition in 1992.
Rahul visited Hanuman Garhi temple, a spot Rajiv Gandhi was scheduled to visit during his ‘Sadbhavna Yatra’ in 1990, but ultimately couldn’t.
Political observers see a soft Hindutva agenda in the Ayodhya visit at a time when Congress appears to follow a Brahmin-centric campaign in Uttar Pradesh prescribed by election strategist Prashant Kishor, who is designing every move of the Congress scion.
After offering prayers at the temple, the Congress VP is scheduled to end his day by visiting Kichaucha Sharif Dargah in neighbouring Ambedkar Nagar district on Friday itself.
Kishor is of the view that Congress must win its original constituencies of Muslims, Brahmins and a section of the non-Dalit Other Backward Castes (OBCs) as it makes a serious attempt at an impact in UP, which it had last won 27 years ago.
Rahul is also scheduled to hold a roadshow across Faizabad city on Friday before leaving for Ambedkar Nagar. As per schedule, he will be in Azamgarh, which is represented by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lok Sabha, on Saturday.