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Tussle over Rahul's Amethi visit; First denied than allowed by Yogi govt

03 October 2017

"Therefore, it is requested that the tour be re-scheduled on any date after October 5", a letter written by the Amethi administration to the district Congress chief said. Hence, there will be a great inconvenience in maintaining peace.

According to the DM's letter, Rahul's programmes were mainly in the Kathora, Musafirkhana and Tiloi Khas areas and the sub-divisional magistrate Musafirkhana and circle officer Musafirkhana had been deployed at Isauli ghat where immersion of hundreds of Durga idols would take place on October 4 and 5.

Responding to the letter senior Uttar Pradesh Congress leader Akhilesh Singh accused the Yogi government of deliberately trying to stop Rahul from visiting his own constituency.

Pilot went on to say the Congress believed that Rahul becoming president "should happen in due course and the time has come for it to happen". Singh said that the government was afraid of Rahul's visit as they fear that he might during his direct interaction with the public may raise issues that are against the ruling BJP.

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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.

Pilot's views have been shared by another Rahul aide, former south Mumbai MP, Milind Deora who was also part of the party delegation that accompanied the Congress president last month for his much-publicised visit to the United States.

Uttar Pradesh Congress President Raj Babbar, however, slammed the decision, calling it an excuse.

The letter, signed by District Magistrate Yogesh Kumar and Superintendent of Police Poonam, added, "Through a letter (dated September 30), it was informed that a visit of MP Rahul Gandhi is proposed from October 4 to October 6".

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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.

Ms Irani had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Amethi against Mr Gandhi.

This is the first visit to Amethi by Rahul Gandhi since February 19 when he had addressed an election rally in his constituency. "We never said no (to his visit)", the district magistrate told journalists.

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Tussle over Rahul's Amethi visit; First denied than allowed by Yogi govt