Friday is the fourth day of Rahul Gandhi's Deoria-Delhi Kisan Yatra which will include visit to Ayodhya and Faizabad (Ambedkar Nagar) thereafter.

Rahul also took the blessings of Mahant Gyan Das, who recently shared the dais with CM Akhilesh Yadav at a function organised at the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s residence.

Late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was scheduled to visit the temple in 1990 when he was on his 'Sadbhavna Yatra' to Ayodhya, but the programme was called off at the last moment as he had to fly back to Lucknow and it was getting dark.

Emerging out of the meeting, priest Mahant Gyan Das said Rahul had come like any other devotee. When asked if there was any discussion on the contentious issue of the Ram temple, the priest answered in the negative.

Gandhi is slated to go to the Kichaucha Dargah Sharif at Ambedkarnagar in the evening and would meet the farmers in Faizabad at Ramlila grounds in Poorabazaar.He will later spend some time with Dalits in a Dalit colony.

This has been very much his routine in the last three days of the 2,500-km-long Yatra which is to take him, in a special modelled, air conditioned bus, to more than 223 assembly constituencies in the state.

Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to elect a new government early next year.Congress has 28 legislators in the present assembly and a recent survey has predicted that the party would slip further in numbers.

The party has hired election strategist Prashant Kishore to pep up the campaign and to secure a better outcome at the hustings.



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