Amethi: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday visited Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi for the first time since losing the seat to BJP’s Smriti Irani in recent Lok Sabha elections.
Gandhi blamed his defeat to local leaders staying away from the people and promised he will not leave the constituency, party functionaries said.
I will not leave Amethi. It is my home and family, Gandhi said
‘My ties with Amethi are three decades old’
“The development of Amethi will not be hampered. I am the MP from Wayanad, but my ties with Amethi are three decades old. I will fight for Amethi in Delhi,” Gandhi told party workers.
On his daylong visit, Gandhi also met Congress workers to learn the reasons behind the party’s defeat with a margin of 55,000 votes. In a crucial meeting of the Congress Sewa Dal in Lucknow on Monday, it was also emphasised that the party’s organisational structure be strengthened once again.
‘Amethi feels like coming home’
“I am very happy to come to Amethi. Amethi feels like coming home,” Gandhi said in a tweet shortly after arriving in the constituency.
On reaching Amethi, the Congress leader first visited the Gauriganj house of his party’s Tiloi assembly in-charge Mata Prasad Vaish to offer sympathies over the death of a relative on June 25. Later, he attended the review meeting with party office-bearers at Nirmala Devi Educational Institute in Gauriganj.
District Congress committee member Narendra Mishra said Gandhi appreciated the hard work by party workers. According to him, Gandhi said the workers did a lot during the campaign but local leaders remained away from the people, leading to his defeat.
In Amethi, Gandhi’s representative Chandrakant Dubey and Congress district president Yogendra Mishra have resigned.
Gandhi then left for two villages in Chhatoh block on the way to Lucknow, from where he flew back to Delhi.