Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's proposed visit to Uttar Pradesh on Friday to formally kick off the party's poll campaign from Allahabad has been postponed, the party's state unit chief Raj Babbar said Thursday night. "There were some problems regarding the travel plan because of which the visit has been postponed for now," he said.
Earlier in the day, Babbar had said that Priyanka Gandhi was likely to take the river route from Allahabad to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi on Friday and offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in the holy city.
As per the the earlier schedule, Priyanka was to begin her campaign from Allahabad, the birthplace of the first prime minister and her great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru. "She may take the river route to reach out to the poor people, especially those residing on the river banks, and who have been continuously facing hardships for the past 30 years," Babbar had said.
In Prayagraj, Priyanka was likely to visit the historic Anand Bhawan - the erstwhile ancestral home of the Nehru family - now dedicated as a museum housing the personal belongings of Jawaharlal Nehru and his father Motilal Nehru.
The buzz in Congress circles was that she may take the river route to Varanasi via Mirzapur. She may offer prayers at Maa Vindhayavasini temple in Mirzapur and Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi.