New Delhi, April 16: Wearing a dark shirt and seated in the back seat of his vehicle, Rahul Gandhi finally arrived in New Delhi on Thursday, April 16.
Escorted by his security personnel and drove straight into the house without interacting with the waiting mediapersons, the Gandhia scion entered into his residence where his mother Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi were waiting for him.
Completing his his 56-day unexplained sabbatical, which had raised questions over his leadership of the party, the Congress Vice President landed in the national capital amid much criticism.
The 44-year-old leader arrived in Delhi at 11: 15 am on a Thai Airways plane from Bangkok, ending days of intense speculation over his return and amidst celebrations by party workers who burst crackers outside his residence.
Rahul returned to Delhi ahead of Congress's planned farmers' rally on the contentious Land Bill issue which he is likely to address on April 19.
Here are first pictures of Rahul who just returned after his 56-day sabbatical:
Rahul Gandhi returns from his sabbatical
Rahul Gandhi's plane, which was scheduled to land at 10:35 am, was delayed by 40 minutes.
Shortly later, Rahul drove to his 12, Tughlaq Lane residence where his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka were waiting.
Rahul Gandhi and Mystery over His Sabbatical
Rahul Gandhi had left quietly before the Budget session began on Feb 23.
It is still not clear where did the Gandhi scion spend last 56 days.
Rahul's leave had come amid talk of an AICC session, where he was expected to be elevated as Congress president.
Rahul to address farmers' rally on April 19
Congress leaders had announced that Rahul would be back by April 19 as he would be addressing a farmers' rally on land bill issue at the Ramlila maidan in Delhi on that day.
The rally is being held on the eve of the second phase of the Budget session of Parliament. Rahul had skipped the first phase which saw the Congress taking on the government over the land bill issue.
Rahul Gandhi's vehicle
Wearing a dark shirt and seated in the back seat of his vehicle, he arrived escorted by his security personnel and drove straight into the house without interacting with the waiting mediapersons.