In a surprise move, the Amethi administration has sent a letter to the district Congress chief requesting that Rahul Gandhi reschedule his proposed October 4-6 visit to the constituency. Calling the appeal “politically motivated”, Congress insisted that the visit would go ahead.
NEW DELHI: In a surprise move, the Amethi administration has sent a letter to the district Congress chief requesting that Congress vice-president and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi reschedule his proposed October 4-6 visit to the constituency.
Calling the appeal "politically motivated", Congress insisted that the visit would go ahead.
BJP UP chief Mahendra Pandey said his party had nothing to do with the decision.
"Congress should resolve the issue by talking it out with officials in Amethi," he said.
According to the letter by district magistrate Yogesh Kumar and superintendent of police Poonam, the festivals of Durga Puja/Dussehra and Muharram extended up to October 5 in many places in Amethi and the police force was occupied with law and order duties. "There will be great inconvenience in maintaining peace and law and order during MP Rahul Gandhi's tour.
Therefore, it is requested that the tour be rescheduled on any date after October 5," the letter said.
However, Rahul's constituency representative Chandrakant Dubey said there would be no change in the Congress vice-president's trip. "The letter smacks of politics," he said.
Congress spokesman Akhilesh Singh, questioning the Amethi district administration's request to Rahul Gandhi to postpone his trip, said, "All the festivals cited by the administration have ended. And did not PM Modi visit Varanasi during Navratri and Durga Puja? You cannot stop an MP from visiting his family, that is his people."