It seems “where is Rahul Gandhi?” questions would not be raised this time. After electrifying speeches in Parliament, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is off on a two-day trek to offer prayers at auspicious Kedarnath shrine in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It will be the Rahul’s first trip outside the national capital after unexplained 56-day sabbatical.
Congress general secretary Ambika Soni, CM Harish Rawat and state congress president Kishore Upadhyay would accompany the congress vice-president. Uttarakhand CM’s media advisor Surinder Kumar said, “Rahul Gandhi will be accompanied by senior Congress leader Ambika Soni, Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat and state Congress president Kishore Upadhyaya.”
Rahul Gandhi also refused to take a chopper to Kedarnath. “I offered Rahul a chopper to Kedarnath, but he insisted on trekking. He will trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, a distance of 17 km,” said Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat.
In the two-day trekking, Congress leaders will walk for 17km to reach the shrine. Rahul Gandhi will arrive at the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun by air and he would head for Gaurikund by a chopper from where he starts his trip for the Kedarnath temple.
Uttarakhand Congress president Kishore Upadhyay said Rahul’s visit would be a boon both for the state and Congress. “Rahul would be the best brand ambassador we were looking for to send a message of normalcy in Kedarnath after the devastating floods which has dried up the influx of tourists,” he said.