Updated: March 25, 2015 7:12:49 pm
It was a month ago, to the date, that Congress president Sonia Gandhi granted “leave of absence” from “active politics” to her son and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. With there being no news of the leader, some people in Amethi, his Lok Sabha constituency, have come up with posters declaring reward for information on “Missing Amethi MP”.
Some other posters carry a list of problems being faced by the people in the absence of their elected MP and allege that Rahul lacked vision as he went “missing” at the crucial time of Budget session of parliament. “Jane woh kaun sa desh jahan tum chale gaye, na chitthi na sandesh, kahan tum chale gaye (We don’t know which place you have gone to…No messages, no letters where have you gone?)” reads the last note on the appeal made in the name of “People of Amethi Lok Sabha constituency”.
Similar posters, announcing reward for the one who finds Rahul, have also come up in different districts, including in Bulandshahr and Allahabad. However, those in Amethi became a cause of concern for Congress workers, who spent the entire day removing them from public places .
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The posters detail 10 different points: Amethi is leaderless in the name of development; poor condition of roads; farmers and students facing problems; lack of health facilities; no Central School; no work on the promise of an under-bridge made during election; manages Amethi through a representative who is an outsider; does not have any vision, went missing during important debate on Budget; and, is not concerned about problems and grievances of the constituency.
While the posters do not carry any name or contact number, Congress leaders alleged that it was handiwork of BJP. “It is the work of BJP. They do not have any respect for personal life of anyone,” said Yogendra Mishra, president, Amethi district Congress.
BJP’s spokesperson for Amethi, Govind Singh, however, brushed aside the allegations. “We have not put up these posters, which seems to be work of some locals. But like any other resident of this constituency, we also want to know why he left during the Budget session instead of raising issues of his constituency,” he said.
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