Congress workers drove through city roads in tempos and cars waving Congress flags and posters of Rahul. Hundreds of workers also gathered outside 10 Janpath, and burned crackers and distributed sweets.
“Each and every congress worker was excited. Since last night, our workers have been putting placards to welcome their leader. The party has found a reason to celebrate,” said J P Aggarwal, president, Delhi Congress. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee is likely to organize an event to celebrate the occasion.
Mukesh Sharma, an MLA and the chief minister’s parliamentary secretary, was one of the hundred-odd Congress workers who went to the airport to receive Rahul. “Delhi witnessed the largest crowd at IGI airport with placards welcoming Rahul Gandhi to Delhi. The crowd was dancing to the tunes of welcome songs and was expressing its pleasure on Rahul becoming the No. 2 in the party. Each party worker wanted to garland him and go close to him,” said Sharma.
Another Congress MLA, Balram Singh Tanwar, distributed sweets in his constituency. “Rahul Gandhi is the sign of progress,” he said.
“Not just party members, there was curiosity among common people, too. Hence, they gathered in front of the AICC office to see him,” said a supporter of Rahul.
Even as supporters gathered in large numbers in front of the AlCC office and at the airport to welcome Rahul on his return from Jaipur, traffic cops said there was no snarl. “Roads were cleared for VIP movement. No other special arrangement was made for him at the airport. There was no traffic jam,” said a senior traffic police officer. The traffic helpline also did not receive any complaint about any slowdown in front of the AICC office on Akbar Road.