Special Correspondent (New Delhi): Rahul Gandhi Visits Constituency for the First Time after Election Defeat
On his daylong visit to the constituency, Gandhi will meet Congress workers to ascertain the reasons behind the party’s defeat with a margin of 55,000 votes.
Rahul Gandhi, a former president of Congress visited Uttar Pradesh, Amethi for the very first time after the election. Party functionary said that Gandhi attributed his defeat to local leaders staying away from the people and assured he will not abandon the constituency.
former state Youth Congress chief Nadeem Ashraf Jayasi quoted Gandhi as saying at a meeting “I will not leave Amethi. It is my home and family.”
“The development of Amethi will not be hampered. I am the MP from Wayanad, but my ties with Amethi are three decades old. I will fight for Amethi in Delhi”, Gandhi reported to party workers.
He came to Amethi and visited people and discussed the reasons behind the party’s defeat with a margin of 55,000 votes with Congress workers.
Rahul Gandhi expressed his happiness in a tweet after arriving in the constituency, “I am very happy to come to Amethi. Amethi feels like coming home.”
Congress leaders first visited Gauriganj house of his party’s Tiloi assembly in-charge Mata Prasad Vaish, on reaching Amethi to offer condolences over the death of a relative on June 25. Later, he attended the review meeting with party office-bearers at Nirmala Devi Educational Institute in Gauriganj.
Gandhi appreciated the hard work by party workers, said District Congress committee member Narendra Mishra. According to him, Gandhi said the workers did a lot during the campaign but local leaders remained away from the people, leading to his defeat.
Many Congress leaders complained about the behavior of some party workers and they unanimously demanded that Gandhi should withdraw his resignation from the party president’s post.
In Amethi, Gandhi’s representative Chandrakant Dubey and Congress district president Yogendra Mishra have resigned. The meeting with party workers, including booth presidents from five assembly segments — Salon, Amethi, Gauriganj, Jagdishpur, and Tiloi — lasted barely 50 minutes.
Rahul Gandhi then left for two villages in Chhatoh block on the way to Lucknow, from where he flew back to Delhi.
The Congress had earlier official a two-member panel comprising UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi’s representative KL Sharma and AICC secretary Zubair Khan to analyze the explanations behind the poll debacle. The body steered that “non-cooperation” by the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party staff at the grassroots level were to be infernal for the poll rout. The SP and therefore the BSP, that had fashioned Associate in Nursing alliance for the Lok Sabha polls, failed to field any candidate in Amethi. The native leaders claim that the absence of a BSP candidate contributed to Gandhi’s defeat because the BSP’s vote shifted to BJP.
Before Gandhi’s arrival, variety of debatable posters, seeking answers over irregularities at the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital, conjointly sprung up within the space. Alleging that the hospital is doing away with lives rather than saving them, the posters demanded justice for the aggrieved families and penalty to the culprits. Gandhi could be a trustee of the hospital.