In a first, Rahul heckled outside Amethi poll booths

Several young voters waiting outside a poll booth in Amethi shouted, “Har Har Modi”, forcing Rahul to leave.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Amethi | Updated: May 8, 2014 2:21 am

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was heckled and questioned by voters as he went from booth to booth in his family pocketborough of Amethi on Wednesday. Both party workers and residents said this was the first time that Rahul was visiting the booths on polling day.

At Chilauli Singhpur booth, Ambika Saran Singh, 63, told him, “Chalo dus saal baad dekhne ko to mila (we got to see you after 10 years).” When Rahul said, “Main yahan aya to hun (I have come here),” Singh replied, “Aaj to aap yahan apne swarth ke liye aye hain (you have come here today for your own benefit).”

After Rahul left, Singh said, “I am a farmer and have been a Congress workers for the last 30 years… but the Congress is good at ignoring its old workers.”

At Phoola Gaon booth, Parvesh Shukla, a youth, shouted at Rahul, “Bhaiya… sadak pe jhatka laga ki nahi (did you feel the potholes on the road).” Rahul told the youth to go and join the BJP. Some other youths waiting outside then shouted, “Har Har Modi”, forcing Rahul to leave the booth.

Nar Singh Bahadur Singh, a first time voter, said, “I voted for the Congress, but only because my family told me to.”

In the Muslim-dominated areas, however, voters assured Rahul of their support. “Bhaiya aap humari taraf se nishchint rahiya. Hum sab apke saath hain (be assured that all of us are with you),” said Abdul Madeen at a polling booth in Rustemau, a Muslim-dominated village.

Meanwhile, Rahul, who was accompanied by his aide Kanishka Singh and other staff, objected to a drawing of a lotus on the blackboard at Phoola Gaon booth.

Speaking to mediapersons later, Rahul said, “They do not have anger only for my family but for the entire nation.” Asked about the heckling, he said, “They are people of another party.”

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  1. A
    May 8, 2014 at 3:24 am
    That is what can be said as MODI EFFECT - not for Modi alone but for the natipn .The Modi eff3ct is that even villagers understand that development and REAL support to the children of the poor is the way for progress .Modi may or not become te PM but MODI effect will be felt in all elections hereafter - JAI HIND
    1. B
      Bhagwan Das
      May 7, 2014 at 9:57 pm
      Har Har Mahadev! Har Har Modi Jee!!Jai Jai kar Shri Ram ki! Jai Jai kar Shri Modi Jee ki!
      1. B
        B B
        May 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm
        Muslims reuring Rahul “Bhaiya aap humari taraf se nishchint rahiya. Hum sab apke saath hain". This is the grave they dug for themselves since independence.
        1. B
          May 8, 2014 at 8:14 am
          So, basically anybody who questions Rahul hi is from another party. Whatever happened to citizen's right of questioning the politicians!
          1. D
            May 8, 2014 at 3:37 am
            They do not have anger only for my family but for the entire nation... that is only because of one family.. that is yours
            1. G
              May 8, 2014 at 5:30 am
              Ab Rahul Bhaiya election mein jhatka lagega to poore desh ko BJP join karna padega aapke aar?
              1. S
                May 7, 2014 at 7:17 pm
                No FIR against Rahul for campaigning?
                1. H
                  May 8, 2014 at 4:54 am
                  The poor voters have asked geniune Questions.Muslims are voting because they are looking at straws.
                  1. P
                    May 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm
                    Rahul hi to aa. haaregaa is baar Amethi se.
                    1. L
                      Leo Frank
                      May 8, 2014 at 7:13 am
                      No gimmick is now going to work for RaGa, Priyanka or SoGa. They have already lost the election even before it was contested. Their statements and their body language reflects this very clearly.
                      1. M
                        May 8, 2014 at 4:48 am
                        How does the EC allow RG to interact with voters right outside a booth in his consuency ? Won't that attract sec 126 of PR act ?
                        1. A
                          May 8, 2014 at 5:14 am
                          Why not only Rahul heckled? What developments weredone like Rajnath Singh, LK Advani, Rurli Manohar Joshi etc. in theirconsuency, taken superman Modi's Maninagar what are there developments done.
                          1. R
                            May 8, 2014 at 11:17 am
                            yeah.. and Raga would have replied to the people questioning him.. " we want women empowerment" i certainly doubt it when he says this.. i bet he means that we should make Sonia hi the PM..
                            1. S
                              May 8, 2014 at 9:05 am
                              All the congress bigwigs had had their fill, lined up their pockets with all the G scams. They have no incentive or appee more for any fight, that they have left it to poor Rahul to fight for himself. Besides none of them want to be ociated with Rahul who they know is a sure loser.
                              1. S
                                May 8, 2014 at 1:41 pm
                                Another proof of Biased EC.
                                1. S
                                  Sanjoy Satpathy
                                  May 8, 2014 at 6:03 am
                                  The people of Amethi should have done it earlier, instead of standing with folded hands or lying prostrate on the feet of the Nehru dynasty.One should read the article written by Mr.Pradhan about Amethi.Then one can realize the true face of congress politics helped by media.
                                  1. F
                                    May 8, 2014 at 11:15 am
                                    One day Rahul will be heckled out of Congres party also.
                                    1. S
                                      May 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm
                                      Even on the polling day, Rahul shows anger by telling a man to "go and join the BJP"..And he is accusing others of anger..
                                      1. R
                                        May 8, 2014 at 3:11 am
                                        All leaders appear on voting days.They must remember you can't fool people every time.
                                        1. V
                                          May 8, 2014 at 11:32 am
                                          Do not talk absurd. Go to Maninagar and get convinced by yourself about Modi's work.
                                          1. C
                                            May 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm
                                            This most welcome sign people are becoming aware of their pride and their power of vote hope this would spread like wild fire all over the nation to question those sleeping reps of the consuency so that some improvement would be seen all over the country Jaihind
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