Varanasi's Day of Roadshows

Updated: May 10, 2014 09:32 IST
It is a battle of roadshows on the final day of campaigning in Varanasi.Congress Vice-President, Rahul Gandhi was the first get his roadshow off the ground, on a day when AAP Convener, Arvind Kejriwal and Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party are also likely to hit the roads of this temple town. The key constituency goes to polls on May 12 and is one of the most hard fought battles of this Election, with BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi taking on Arvind Kejriwal and Ajay Rai of Congress.
Varanasi\'s Day of Roadshows
Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, center, waves at supporters during an election campaign rally in Varanasi in support of Samajwadi Party's candidate from Varanasi Kailash Chaurasia.

Varanasi\'s Day of Roadshows
Rahul Gandhi, wearing a Nehru topi in Congress colours, stood in a crowded open jeep and waved to the people of Varanasi as he began his tit-for-tat roadshow from the Gol Gadda area.
Varanasi\'s Day of Roadshows
Rahul Gandhi is accompanied by Senior Congress leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mukul Wasnik and Rashid Alvi, on his Varanasi roadshow.
Varanasi\'s Day of Roadshows
On the last day of campaigning in Varanasi, Rahul Gandhi is here to seek votes for Ajai Rai, the local leader his party has fielded against Narendra Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
Varanasi\'s Day of Roadshows
Crowds of people waving the Congress flag gathered since early morning, at Gol Gadda from where Rahul Gandhi began his 11-km journey.
Varanasi\'s Day of Roadshows
India's Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi drinks from a bottle as he rides atop a truck while making his way through the streets of Varanasi on the final day of campaigning.
Varanasi\'s Day of Roadshows
The Congress has chosen Gol Gadda as the starting point for Rahul Gandhi's roadshow, with an eye on the large Muslim presence in the area. The Congress and AAP's Arvind Kejriwal are fighting for the attention of Muslims, who make up for about 15 per cent of Varanasi's population.
Varanasi\'s Day of Roadshows
The streets are packed with people waving Congress flags and many more have come out on to the terraces of houses to catch a glimpse of the 43-year-old Congress Vice-President.
Varanasi\'s Day of Roadshows
Shehnai Maestro Bismillah Khan's kins join Rahul Gandhi's roadshow and play a popular bhajan Raghupati Raghav. The family later denies any allegiance to a particular political party.
Varanasi\'s Day of Roadshows
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's cavalcade approaches the statue of Madan Mohan Malviya at Lanka Chowk in Varanasi.
Varanasi\'s Day of Roadshows
Rahul Gandhi concludes his roadshow at Lanka Chowk after garlanding the statue of Madan Mohan Malviya.
Varanasi\'s Day of Roadshows
Rahul Gandhi chose to end his roadshow in Varanasi by paying his respects to the Hindu Nationalist leader and Founder of Benaras Hindu University - Madan Mohan Malviya. BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had begun his roadshow in a similar fashion when he was in Varanasi to file his nomination, a few weeks ago.

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