Rahul Gandhi in Amethi: Congress Vice President is beginning his three-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.
Rahul Gandhi in Amethi: Congress Vice President is beginning his three-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, according to reports. Political slugfest erupted after the district administration had asked Gandhi to cancel the visit citing security reasons. Later, however, the district administration granted permission for the visit after facing flak from Congress. The war of words has already started as Gandhi had lashed out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Tuesday over the reported omission of Taj Mahal from the state’s booklet on tourism. Rahul Gandhi invoked famous Hindi writer Bhartendu Harishchandra to describe the Uttar Pradesh government and Adityanath as “andher nagari, chaupat raja”. The proverb roughly translates to “unjust regime of a mindless king”.
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Here are key things to know about Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Amethi
1. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is set to embark on a three-day visit to his constituency Amethi.
2. Gandhi will also visit his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Raebareli.
3. Rahul Gandhi would land in Lucknow on Wednesday and leave for Amethi by road, stopping at villages to meet people before staying the night at the Munshiganj guest house, a Congress leader said, according to report.
4. On October 5, Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to hold a ‘janta darshan’ at the guest house.
5. He will also meet party workers at Rajiv Gandhi college in Tiloi and in Salon before calling it a day at the Bhuemau (Raebareli) guest house.
6. On the last day of his visit, he will hold a ‘janta darshan’ in Raebareli and meet workers there.
7. Earlier, Amethi district magistrate Yogesh Kumar said the authorities “never said no” to Gandhi’s visit to his Lok Sabha constituency, but suggested a postponement taking into account his security concerns. “Rahul had proposed to visit Amethi from October 4-6. We never said no (to his visit),” the district magistrate told journalists. Kumar said the request was made in the wake of Muharram and Dusshera celebrations in the district. “We had just sent a confidential letter to the district Congress chief suggesting that the visit be postponed by 24-48 hours in view of the fact that the security personnel would be busy with the Durga idol immersion and Muharram processions,” the district magistrate told journalists.
8. Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar had termed the attempt to postpone Rahul’s visit by the district administration an act of “cowardice and fear”. He said the BJP government in the state was apprehensive that the Congress MP might overshadow the proposed visit of BJP chief Amit Shah and Union ministers Smriti Irani and Nitin Gadkari to Amethi on October 10.