scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Saturday, July 02, 2022

Rahul skips Alwar media meet, Jitendra alleges BJP govt’s role

The show was generally received well, but some people pelted stones at Rahul.

Written by Sweta Dutta | Alwar |
Updated: April 23, 2014 12:16:02 am

Hours before campaigning closed for the April 24 polls Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was forced to make an early exit in Alwar following a roadshow, skipping a scheduled press conference after the district administration allegedly refused permission.

Sitting MP and Congress candidate Bhanwar Jitendra Singh alleged the district administration had been acting on instructions from the ruling BJP in the state, affecting his campaign time and again.

Rahul, Singh and Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Sachin Pilot held a roadshow on Tuesday morning from Rao Tukaram Circle to Ashok Circle. A crowd of over 2,000 supporters walked with the campaigners amid drumbeats and fanfare. It was a show of strength for Singh against BJP candidate Mahant Chandnath.

The show was generally received well, but some people pelted stones at Rahul. They hit an escort SPG vehicle but no one was injured.

Best of Express Premium
UPSC Essentials: Weekly news express — PGII to POEMPremium
Women’s emancipation or population control? Why abortion was legalised in...Premium
Udaipur killing on video | ‘Do something spectacular’: Man from Pak told ...Premium
In village of fauji dreams, second thoughts, insecurity over AgnipathPremium

Rahul, who was supposed to address a press conference in a makeshift enclosure on the roadside at Ashok Circle, left. Even as media waited, a visibly agitated Singh announced that the meet had been called off on instructions of the district administration.

“The district administration called my polling agent and informed him that permission is being denied for the press conference. He was told the phone call be considered an official notification. This comes after a rehearsal by the SPG and the district administration on Monday. Even SPG was threatened by the local administration working for the ruling BJP government’s interest,” Singh said. “The district administration constantly worked against us and created trouble in our campaign and did not let party workers distribute campaign material.”

District officials denied the allegations claiming SPG had found security arrangements inadequate, and advised against the press conference.

UPSC KEY Have you seen our section dedicated to helping USPC aspirants decode daily news in the context of their exams?

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest Political Pulse News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement