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After denying permission, Yogi says Rahul Gandhi can visit Amethi

03 October, 2017, 09:00 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Amethi administration's earlier decision had drawn a lot of criticism from the Congress party that alleged UP government was "using tactics", and the refusal of permission is "politically motivated" to stop Rahul from visiting his Lok Sabha constituency.

Rahul is scheduled to arrive at Amethi on a three day visit on Wednesday.

Talking to reporters amid brewing controversy, district magistrate of Amethi, Yogesh Kumar, said the authorities had never said no to Rahul Gandhi's trip on October 4-6 but only asked for a 24-48 hour postponement in view of police's preoccupation with security arrangements for Muharram and Dussehra festivals.

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.

The Congress on Monday termed the Amethi administration's directive of rescheduling party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's visit to the district as 'murder of democracy'.

Speaking to ANI here, BJP spokesperson S. Prakash said, "The Congress party is free to have his own president of their choice". Instead, the letter said, the member of parliament was apprised of the inconvenience being faced in maintaining law and order and providing him safety and security during the visit. "Therefore, it is requested that the tour be re-scheduled on any date after October 5", the letter read.

"Rahul Gandhi has won from that Constituency and is the vice president of India's second largest party".

Taking a dig at Mr Gandhi, he said "missing" posters of the Congress leader had been put up in Amethi in the past.

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.

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". The district administration said that they no longer have any issue of the Amethi parliamentarian visits his constituency.

Mr Singh added that the Yogi government was perhaps anxious that mr Gandhi's schedule might "eclipse" the proposed visit by BJP chief Amit Shah and Union ministers Smriti Irani and Nitin Gadkari to Amethi on October 10.

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