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Varun Gandhi steals a march on Rahul Gandhi in UP with rallies

Uttar Pradesh will be crucial for both BJP and Congress in their bid to grab power at the Centre.

Written by Ravish Tiwari | New Delhi |
Updated: February 6, 2014 2:47:41 pm

Varun Gandhi,the BJP MP from Pilibhit,appears to be taking a lead over Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh with a series of eight political rallies planned in the run-up to general elections. Though Varun will not be assigned the charge of the state,he has leveraged his new found status as party’s national general secretary to consolidate his political influence there.

Uttar Pradesh will be crucial for both the BJP and the Congress in their bid to grab power at the Centre.

Varun,after becoming the general secretary,has already organised a political rally in Bareilly and taken the battle close to Rahul Gandhi’s bastion with a rally in Sultanpur that shares boundary with the latter’s Lok Sabha constituency Amethi. Varun will hold six more rallies in different parts of the state,sources close to him said.

The sources said he has identified two Lok Sabha constituencies — Bahraich and Domariyaganj — in the terai region for his rallies. The region had voted for the Congress in the last Lok Sabha elections. In the western Uttar Pradesh,he is planning rallies in Gautam Buddha Nagar and Rampur. He is also learnt to have identified Jalaun Lok Sabha constituency in Bundelkhand region along with Fatehpur in central part of the state for his rallies.

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