Marking her political debut ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrived at Lucknow airport Monday afternoon to a rousing reception by party leaders and workers.
A 30-kilometre long roadshow is planned in Lucknow as a grand welcome for the top three Congress leaders, through some of the most congested areas of the city.
All India Congress Committee General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh East, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, arrives for a road show, in Lucknow. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo
People in the thousands gathered to catch a glimpse of the young Gandhi who made the announcement of joining politics two weeks ago. Photograph: @INCIndia/Twitter
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Accompanied by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and in-charge of the western region, Jyotiraditya Scindia, a beaming Priyanka Gandhi waved at partymen jostling for a glimpse of her. Photograph: @INCIndia/Twitter
Priyanka, Rahul wave to the crowds during their almost 30-km long roadshow. Photograph: @INCIndia/Twitter
Rose petals and marigold garlands were sprinkled at their cavalcade. Photograph: @swadhinasomiya/Twitter
A day before her rally, Priyanka said she hopes to start a "new kind of politics" in which everyone will be a stakeholder. Photograph: @INCIndia/Twitter
The party hopes that Priyanka's entry into politics will enthuse workers. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will, in the course of the next three days, conduct daily meetings over specific constituencies of the 40-odd Lok Sabha seats which fall under her purview. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo
The crowds have highlighted her resemblance to Indira Gandhi, her grandmother. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo
Security personnel stand guard ahead of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's roadshow. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo