Kerala: Rahul Gandhi debuts as snakeboat oarsman | Kochi Information

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KOTTAYAM: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi debuted as an oarsman of the famed snakeboats in Kerala because the snakeboat rowed by him on Monday gained an exhibition race in Punnamada lake in Alappuzha, the place the well-known Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held yearly.
The exhibition race was held after Rahul expressed his want to witness the race which had as soon as thrilled his great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru. It was after a visit to Kuttanad in a houseboat throughout his Bharat Jodo Yatra that Rahul participated within the exhibition race. The race, which included three snakeboats, started at 3.50pm.

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul eliminated his shoe earlier than coming into the snakeboat – Naduvileparamban, rowed by the oarsmen of the NCDC boat membership, Kumarakom. AICC normal secretary KC Venugopal additionally accompanied Rahul within the snakeboat. Rahul rowed the boat in accordance with the rhythm of the ‘vanchippattu’, and his boat completed a lot forward of Aanari Chundan, which got here second and Vellamkulangara, which completed third.
“Once we all work collectively in excellent concord, there may be nothing we can not accomplish,” Rahul tweeted after the race.

Snakeboat race

The primary snakeboat race in Kuttanad was reportedly an impromptu one in 1952, held to honour the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. He chanced a visit from Kottayam by boat to Alappuzha, the place he was given a rousing reception with snakeboats. A race was held, and Nehru was so thrilled that he jumped into the profitable snakeboat forgetting all safety preparations.
On his return to Delhi, Nehru donated a silver trophy, a duplicate of a snakeboat positioned on a picket abacus. The Nehru Trophy has since been the Kuttanad snakeboat races’ most coveted prize.
Rahul additionally interacted with the representatives from the tourism trade and mentioned points and alternatives within the sector. Earlier, he started the day interacting with fisherfolk, listening to their points. They shared numerous points like rising gas costs, dwindling fish inventory, lack of social welfare insurance policies and schooling alternatives with Rahul.

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