Rahul Gandhi in Amethi: Epic poster war witnessed in Congress President's home turf
Newly elected Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s first visit to home turf Amethi on Monday was marked by a bitter poster war between the local Congress and BJP cadres as the former went as far as to portray Rahul as Lord Ram and his arch political rival Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Ravan.
A month after taking over the reins of the party from his mother Sonia Gandhi, Rahul went back to his home constituency on a two-day tour that is expected to turn into a show of strength for the new Congress president.
In what is set to become Rahul’s signature take-off to campaigns, the leader visited a Hanuman Temple before reaching out to the local electorate.
As the local Congress cadre projected Rahul as Lord Ram, one poster read “Rahul roop me bhagwan Ram ka avatar, 2019 me aaega Ramraj (Rahul’s incarnation as Lord Rama will bring back Ramraaj in 2019)”. Countering the Congress narrative, the BJP local unit stepped up an attack on Rahul, alleging him to be an absentee MP.
In a tongue-in-cheek barb, the ruling party’s posters read, “Swasth, siksha aur vikas ki upeksha karnewale saansad ka swagat (A warm welcome to the MP who is neglecting health, education and development in his constituency)”.
A scuffle broke out between Congress and BJP workers where party volunteers dragged in the police at Salon in Raebareli. A group of Congress workers led by Congress MLC Deepak Singh and Dinesh Singh abused the police officer on spot, who was trying to disperse a crowd of Congress MLCs and BJP MLA Dalbahadur Singh and his supporters.
Unfazed by the protests against him and the ongoing poster war, Rahul went on with his road show calmly receiving greetings from the locals, who gathered along the narrow lanes in Amethi to catch a glimpse and indulged the youth with selfies.
During the roadshow, Rahul reached out the electorate and promised, “I will make sure that a food park is established here in Amethi. As soon as our government is formed, a food park will be established and rest assured that your products are sold here itself and you get the best price. Please tell me one Narendra Modi government scheme where someone has benefitted. The present government has no vision and is only busy selling dreams. The prime agenda of both Modi and UP CM (Adityanath) Yogi is to make people fight amongst themselves.”
Meanwhile, Yogi advised Rahul not to get involved in negative politics. “His acts and words reflect sheer desperation as he is frustrated. Grapes are sour for him and I advise him to adopt affirmative politics rather than criticising the government and its developmental works in India as well as abroad,” Yogi said.