The UP poll campaign began in Varanasi on Tuesday with Congress President Sonia Gandhi leading a huge rally of 10,000 bikes following her cavalcade of cars but soon she developed high fever and had to be rushed back to Delhi, giving PM Narendra Modi, who is also MP of Varanasi, to show his warmth side again.
As Sonia Gandhi, 69, stood in an SUV greeting thousands of people with smile stretched for several hours, it took on her health and the rally had to be stopped midway. Amid assurances that the rally would continue later, organisers sent her back to Delhi.
Ironic but both BJP and Congress have faced similar snap-offs. BJP president Amit Shah’s much-touted rally of 40,000 Dalits in the last weekend turned futile as few people joined the demonstration despite Buddhist monks coming out openly in support of Modi.
Within three days, Congress faced similar fate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi quickly responded sending his best wishes for her recovery. “Heard about Sonia ji’s ill health during her Varanasi visit today. I pray for her quick recovery and good health,” he tweeted.
Perhaps, it is an indication that both BJP and Congress may finally end up dividing the communal vote in UP that may result in either BSP’s Mayawati or SP’s Akhilesh Yadav returning to the fortress in Lucknow.