Priyanka’s Hi­machal rally can­celled due to bad weather

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Region -

All In­dia Congress Com­mit­tee (AICC) gen­eral sec­re­tary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s pro­posed visit to Hi­machal Pradesh on Tues­day was can­celled due to bad weather.

Priyanka was sched­uled to ad­dress a rally at Sundernaga­r in sup­port of Congress nom­i­nee from Mandi Lok Sabha seat Aashray Sharma, grand­son of for­mer Union min­is­ter Sukh Ram.

Aashray is pit­ted against sit­ting MP and BJP can­di­date Ram Swa­roop Sharma.

The AICC gen­eral sec­re­tary was sched­uled to ar­rive at Sundernaga­r at around noon.

“There were se­cu­rity con­cerns due to weather con­di­tions in the re­gion and the per­mis­sion for her flight was not granted by the au­thor­i­ties,” said AICC in-charge for Hi­machal Pradesh Ra­jni Patil.

“Priyankaji was ea­ger to be among you, but couldn’t come due to bad weather. She has sent a lot of love for the peo­ple of Hi­machal Pradesh,” Patil told the wait­ing crowd. Ear­lier, Priyanka’s rally at Theog in Shimla dis­trict was can­celled due to se­cu­rity rea­sons.

Mean­while, the can­cel­la­tion of her visit left the sup­port­ers, who had come from far of places, in­clud­ing La­haul-Spiti, Kin­naur and Bhar­mour, dis­ap­pointed.

Many were also an­gry with the state lead­er­ship for not in­form­ing them on time. “The state party lead­ers should have re­quested Priyanka to ad­dress the rally through mo­bile phone,” said Mo­han Negi, who had come from Kin­naur.

Later, she sent a video clip urg­ing vot­ers to ex­tend their sup­port to party’s Mandi can­di­date Aashray Sharma.

In the 55-sec­ond-long video clip, she ap­pealed to the peo­ple to vote for the Congress if they wish to see de­vel­op­ment in their con­stituency.

In Priyanka’s ab­sence, for­mer chief min­is­ter Virb­hadra Singh, for­mer Union cab­i­net min­is­ter Anand Sharma, HP Congress in-charge Ra­jni Patil, CLP leader Mukesh Ag­ni­hotri and for­mer Union tele­com min­is­ter Sukh Ram ad­dressed a rally.

All the Congress lead­ers tar­geted Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and chief min­is­ter Jai Ram Thakur in their speeches.

In­ter­est­ingly, Aashray Sharma did not at­tend the rally.

All the four Lok Sahba seats in Hi­machal Pradesh will go to polls on May 19.

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