Sharad Yadav slams UP administration for postponing Rahul's Amethi visit

Rahul Gandhi

Amethi administration's earlier decision had drawn a lot of flak from the Congress party that alleged Yogi government was "using tactics" to stop Rahul from visiting his Lok Sabha constituency.

The permission for Rahul's tour comes two days after the district magistrate and Superintendent of Police Poonam, who goes by one name, had asked him to reschedule his visit on the grounds of law and order.

However, the state government retracted on the issue after the Congress made a hue and cry and said that Rahul would not defer his visit. "Therefore, it is requested that the tour be re-scheduled on any date after October 5", the letter read.

The organisational polls of Congress are now underway, Pilot said, adding that the grass-root level cadres have appealed the party to cause no further delay in Rahul's elevation to the top post. In three years, BJP chief Amit Shah has travelled to every nook and cranny of the country during festivals or otherwise.

It may be recalled that in August this year, former Union minister and another confidante of the Congress vice president, Jairam Ramesh, had also indicated that "Rahul Gandhi will take charge as the party president before the end of 2017".

At a press conference in New Delhi later in the day, Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the district administration's suggestion to postpone visit was "mala fide and discriminatory".

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Hitting out at the Congress, state BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, "As an elected MP, Rahul has failed to work for his people and numerous development schemes promised by him are lying incomplete".

"Congress should resolve the issue by talking it out with officials in Amethi", he said. He added that Rahul is rarely present in his constituency and some time back missing posters of Rahul were also pasted in Amethi.

"He (Rahul) will be arriving here as per his schedule on October 4 and the administration will be responsible for his security", Mishra said.

"That is why, (Smriti) Irani has taken the initiative to start those projects in Amethi", said Tripathi.

Congress sources said that Rahul would not defer his visit despite the district administration's reluctance to arrange security.

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