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Priyanka Gandhi Varanasi visit shows her religious side, talks about dharma, eats langar

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Varanasi: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s Varanasi visit was all coloured in political hues as her second trip to Uttar Pradesh’s holy city, Varanasi, came in view of Sant Ravidas’ birth anniversary. The UP Congress general secretary, who has been entrusted with reviving the party in the state before next year’s assembly elections, met with Sant Niranjan Maharaj at the city’s Gowardhan Ravidas temple, on Saturday.

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“The dharma started by Sant Ravidas ji is the true religion. A true religion is a simple religion. In a true religion, only humanity is important…mercy, compassion, truth and service – these are the guiding principles of a true religion,” she said in her address at an event in the temple premises. She also ate langar at the temple.

The Ravidas sect has lakhs of followers spread across north India.

Mr Vadra’s frequent visits to the state are supposedly to drum up support for the party ahead of the polls.

Earlier this month, Priyanka had visited Prayagraj twice. On her first visit, she took a holy dip in the river and a boat ride. During her second visit last week, she interacted with the sizeable Nishad community in the city.

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“The Nishad community’s life is linked to rivers, they understand the pain of rivers…Like the agriculture laws are for some billionaires, the UP government is for the sand mafia,” she had said, promising that the Congress will address their issues in parliament.

Mr. Vadra has also been seen addressing mahapanchayats or farmers’ meetings against the Centre’s three contentious agriculture laws. “The three laws are demonic. If voted to power, the Congress will scrap these laws,” she had said earlier this month.

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