When Sonia Gandhi missed her visit to Kashi Vishwanath temple 5 years earlier


NEW DELHI: While Prime Minister Narendra visited his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi on Monday to inaugurate the “renewed and changed Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham”, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi was set up to go to the location five years ago however might refrain from doing so.
While Modi’s visit to Varanasi happened a number of months prior to the assembly election in Uttar Pradesh (UP) is most likely to occur, Sonia Gandhi too had actually landed in the pilgrim city a couple of months ahead of the 2017 UP state polls.
The similarities end here. While Modi’s occasion to inaugurate the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor job was a grand success, Sonia Gandhi’s arranged visit to the temple could not materialise. The entire itinerary went haywire in a couple of hours’ time.
While PM Modi thanked the homeowners of Varanasi, the employees who were engaged for the job, seers, sages and others for their contribution to the job, Sonia revealed deep remorses on stopping working to check out the historical temple.
On August 2, 2016, Sonia Gandhi landed at Varanasi airport to introduce the Congress’s campaign for the 2017 UP assembly election. She purposely chose Varanasi to begin the project as it was – and still is – PM Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

Varanasi outside the airport. #SoniaInKashi https://t.co/bfDpbzZHXv!.?.!— Congress (@INCIndia)1470118989000 From the airport, she left for the Circuit House from where she launched an eight-kilometer roadshow called ‘Dard-e-Benaras’ to highlight the supposed absence of advancement of the PM’s constituency.
Sonia garlanded the statue of BR Ambedkar at the Circuit House before embarking on her roadshow which was supposed to end 8 km away on the Englishiya Line. Here she was expected to garland the statue of former UP chief minister late Kamlapati Tripathi prior to delivering a public speech.
Later on, she was likewise set up to visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple and satisfy the workers who were participated in the cleaning of River Ganga.
Accompanied by Congress’s UP chief ministerial candidate late Sheila Dikshit, senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Pramod Tiwari and Sanjay Singh and the then UP Congress Committee (UPCC) president Raj Babbar, her three-hour roadshow started from Circuit House.
Raj Babbar had actually then tweeted in Hindi and said: “We welcome Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh and in the land of Kashi.”

sides of the road and were showering flower petals on her. In return, she was waving to the cheering crowd. The Congress had actually created a slogan ’27 saal, UP behaal'(UP powerless in 27 years )as it ran out power in the state
for those several years till then. It was likewise a time when the celebration was yet to forge an alliance with the then ruling Samajwadi Party(SP) led by Akhilesh Yadav as the CM. This slogan was dropped after Congress and SP stitched an alliance. The brand-new mottos created were ‘UP ko ye saath pasand hai ‘(UP likes this alliance)and’UP ke do ladke ‘(the two kids of UP-Akhilesh and the then Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi ). On the other hand, midway during her roadshow, Sonia Gandhi fell ill. Local medical professionals were hurried to examine her condition. According to reports, she established a fever and high
high blood pressure. She suffered a bout of dehydration due to vomiting. PM Modi offered assistance to Sonia Gandhi by sending medical professionals and an aircraft to Varanasi to bring her back to Delhi. Around midnight she was back in the national capital with a team of doctors and was confessed to the Army Research and Referral(R&R)Healthcare Facility. Sonia was administered intravenous fluids due to the fact that of the huge electrolyte imbalance she had. The then defence minister late Manohar Parrikar called on Sonia Gandhi in R&R Medical Facility. After her condition stabilised, she was shifted to Sir Ganga Ram Healthcare Facility. Prime Minister Modi also spoke with Sheila Dikshit and checked Sonia’s health.
Congress basic secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala informed media individuals that Sonia had thanked all fellow compatriots and crores of partymen for their concern and excellent desires.
The Congress president regretted not being able to check out the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
She has not had the ability to go to the ancient temple till now. Published at Tue, 14 Dec 2021 04:56:56 -0600