Rampur Badli (Uttar Pradesh): It was an early start for Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi who spent the night here and left at 6.30 am to walk to his next destination to highlight the problems of farmers.

Interacting with farmers and schools students on the way, Gandhi walked to Shatbota village, about three-and-a-half kilometres away.

Trudging the dust tracks of rural Uttar Pradesh, not far from the national capital, Gandhi began his 'padyatra' on Monday, walking 19 km in six hours and visiting five villages.

The march is clearly aimed at giving the Congress an edge with an eye to the crucial elections to the state assembly next year.