Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today launched his poll-campaign for the much important 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls with a 2,500 km-long ‘Kisan Yatra’ from agriculture-dominated Rudrapur belt of the state.

The ‘Deoria to Dilli yatra’, which started from Panchlari Kritpura village, was marked by a door-to-door campaign of collecting ‘Kisan Mangpatras’ (charters of farmers demands), one-to-one interaction with farmers through Khaat (cot) Sabhas, a concept similar to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Chai par Charcha’ during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, and roadside meetings.

“Door to door campaign begins from village Pachladi. Met farmers, collected Kisan Maang Patras outlining their demands,” Gandhi’s office said in a tweet.

“Kisan Maang Patras being signed in Rudrapur,” he added.

Trailed by the SPG, the Congress vice-president landed in Panchlari village by a chopper and began moving into rural households.

Rahul Gandhi had earlier said his mahayatra is a campaign to help secure rights of the poor, farmers and labourers in government resources.

“My Yatra from Deoria to Delhi starting September 6 – is a campaign to secure the rights of the poor, farmers and labourers in government resources,” Gandhi had said on twitter.

– ANI