ALLAHABAD: Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi commenced her ‘Ganga yatra’ on a boat from Sangam. Although the first leg of her voyage was a brief one, crossing the river on a rowing boat from Sangam to Arail ghat, she started her three day campaign after worshiping Ganga at Sangam.
Earlier on her arrival in the city, on Sunday night after which she spent the night at Swaraj Bhawan, the ancestral home of Nehru’s, she arrived at Sangam on Monday.
Clad in a simple green-yellow saree, she first went to have ‘darshan’ of Akshaywat, the immortal tree within the Akhbar fort, after which she performed Aarti at Bade Hanuman temple and took blessing of the deity for the victory of the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Thereafter she reached Sangam, where she met a number of supporters who were waiting for her since morning. She offered milk and flowers to Ganga and then went ahead to meet the vendors and locals assembled besides the river for their routine work.
Breaking the SPG circle she freely mingled with locals and talked to some of the vendors, sitting beside the bank. She also checked one of the poly-bag that was kept for collecting garbage.
While people were trying to mingle with her, she suddenly steered her way towards one of the boat, anchored besides the bank. She did not use a life jacket or the swinging boat, and tactfully balanced herself and took her place on the boat, inviting other party leaders to come and join her.
Smiling and talking to the people, sailing on the other boats, she arrived at one of the platform at the mid of Sangam and interacted with few people. She then, continued sailing and soon went towards Arial ghat, the opposite side of the wide bank of river Yamuna.
She than took her car to drive to Manaiya ghat.
At Manaiyan she conducted her ‘boat pe charcha’ with a group of students of Allahabad University, before leaving by steamer for her next stoppage, Dumduma.