As Congress president Sonia Gandhi joined her son Rahul Gandhi on his "Bharat Jodo Yatra" in Karnataka today, an endearing moment caught on camera was shared by many party leaders.
The video showed Rahul Gandhi kneeling at his mother's feet, helping her tie her shoelaces. Once the laces were secured, the two continued on their march.
The moment was shared by the Congress Twitter handle with the caption: "Ma (mother)".
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who is running for president, shared the photo and wrote: "There are blessings even when she breathes, no one can replace a mother as mothers are mothers."
At one point, Rahul Gandhi was seen pausing and asking his mother to take a break. She climbed into a car but rejoined the march later.
"We have weathered many a storm and will overcome all challenges. Together we will unite India," the Congress MP said in a tweet in Hindi and posted a photograph of him walking with his mother, his arm around her.
This is Mrs Gandhi's first public outing after a Covid infection earlier this year. She had last participated in a roadshow in Varanasi in 2016.
The 75-year-old joined Rahul Gandhi's march in Mandya, walked a short distance surrounded by a large crowd of slogan-shouting party workers before getting into a car. Later, she returned to the march.
The Congress's nationwide campaign, which began in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari on September 7, entered Karnataka on September 30.
Rahul Gandhi plans to walk 3,570 km through 12 states in his campaign to "unite India" and send a message against what he calls the "divisive politics" of the BJP. The Congress MP plans to travel towards the north after walking through three southern states.