Ahead of Karnataka polls, Rahul Gandhi likely to make 3 more visits

Congress president Rahul Gandhi greets party workers after he arrives to observe a fast outside Raj Ghat the memorial to Mahatama Gandhi

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He also wisely commented on PM Modi's "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" initiative, and said it was the right slogan and the Prime Minister must start work on "Beti Bachao". "Our daughters will get justice", he said at an event to inaugurate the B R Ambedkar memorial here.

"India wants to know: when?#SpeakUp", he said in a tweet. But certain sections of the party privately wondered the political rationale behind Gandhi's midnight vigil when the rest of the country was sleeping, thereby, liming its visibility and impact.

The rape of a 16-year old girl in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao took place reportedly last year, where the girl was gangraped by a BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother.

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Karnataka is witnessing a three-corner contest among the three parties, that is, Congress, BJP and the HD Deve Gowda-led JD (S). Rahul Gandhi's sister Priyanka and her husband Robert Vadra also attended the protest, which was also attended by scores of Congress party workers and students, demanding urgent action against the perpetrators of the Unnao and Kathua rape cases. "India is waiting", Rahul wrote on Twitter.

The candle-light protest on Thursday midnight was called at a short notice and saw people converging at the India Gate in sizeable numbers to express their support.

The SPG too had a very hard time protecting Rahul Gandhi from the chaotic crowd.

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They said party general secretary (organisation) Ashok Gehlot has told all state Congress chiefs to galvanise the cadres in each state and stage candle-light marches at all state and district headquarters.

Finally, noticing the severe backlash across the country against his deafening silence over the barbaric gangrapes of two young girls in J&K's Kathua and UP's Unnao, PM Narendra Modi has broken his silence.

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