Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday arrived at Amethi in Uttar Pradesh to kickstart the two-day tour of his parliamentary constituency. Interacting with the crowd, Gandhi said Congress has made Priyanka Gandhi the general secretary of Uttar Pradesh east and now they the will work on the chief ministerial candidate in the state.
“Aaj maine Priyanka ko General Secretary bana diya hai UP ka, matlab ab yahan pe Congress apna CM bithane ka kaam karegi, Dilli mein Congress party ke gathbandhan ki sarkar or UP mein poore dum se Congress party ladegi (Today I made Priyanka the General Secretary of UP Congress, which means the party will now try to work towards putting a CM candidate here, while in Delhi the Congress party will work towards a coalition government and it will fight with full conviction in UP),” Rahul was quoted as saying by ANI.
He also tweeted about the importance UP holds in nation-building. “UP is central to building a new hope filled & compassionate India. The new UP AICC team lead by Priyanka & Jyotiraditya, will herald the dawn of a new kind of politics in the state. We will offer the youth in UP a dynamic new platform to transform the state,” said Rahul.
UP is central to building a new hope filled & compassionate India. The new UP AICC team lead by Priyanka & Jyotiraditya, will herald the dawn of a new kind of politics in the state. We will offer the youth in UP a dynamic new platform to transform the state.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 23, 2019
This is Gandhi’s first visit to his constituency after the party’s stupendous victory in the assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.
He was greeted with posters hailing him as the next prime minister. Posters stating “Amethi Ka MP, 2019 Ka PM”, “Mission 2019 – Vidhan Sabha Tiloi Welcomes soon-to-be Prime Minister Rahul Gandhi”, “Abhi to Jeete Teen Pradesh, 2019 Mein Jeetengey Pura Desh” dotted the skyline of the constituency.
Taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul said ” Modi says don’t make him a prime minister but a chowkidaar. Chowkidaar gave away 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani,” he said, regarding the Rafale deal. (“Modi Ji kehte the ki mujhe PM mat banao chowkidaar banao, chowkidaar ne Hindustan ki Air Force se Rs 30, 000 crore lekar Anil Ambani ko de diye”)
On his way to Amethi, Gandhi first arrived in Lucknow earlier today where he was greeted by Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar and visited Rae Bareli. The Congress chief would also be covering for his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who was scheduled to visit Rai Bareli on Wednesday. Due to “unavoidable circumstances”, her trip was cancelled.
The Congress chief would be addressing a gathering of gram pradhans in Fursatganj, a district in Rae Bareli and later would attend an oath ceremony of the local bar association of lawyers in Gauriganj.
Gandhi’s representative Chandrakant Dubey said the party president would also address a ‘nukkad sabha’ at Haliyapur where he will meet party workers on the second day of his visit before leaving for Delhi, PTI quoted as saying.
Instead of a special plane to Fursatganj airfield, Gandhi took a regular flight to Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Lucknow, said Dubey.
This is Gandhi’s first visit after the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress had declared that it would contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state alone after SP and BSP had excluded it from their alliance.
Freshly painted wall paintings await Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, as news of Priyanka Gandhi being given charge of East UP reach Amethi, Rae Bareli. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/lOzpand08h
— Maulshree Seth (@MaulshreeSeth) January 23, 2019
Earlier, Gandhi had planned on visiting Amethi on January 4, however, it was cancelled in view of the Winter session of Parliament. Gandhi will also visit Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the near future.