Cong, AAP trade charges after clashes

Police fear parties may clash more as LS polls approach

Tension is palpable in Amethi Lok Sabha constituency after clashes between supporters of Congress and Aam Admi Party leader Kumar Vishwas. Police fear that the constituency could witness more clashes with polls round the corner.

Both the parties have lodged FIRs in connection with the clash between their supporters at Ramganj area on Friday. Police officers said they were investigating the complaints and will take necessary action.

While Vishwas alleged that the local Congress leader Munna Singh Trisundi assaulted him and his supporters, Trisundi alleged that the AAP leader had used abusive language for Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and had also threatened him (Trisundi).

Earlier also the Congress workers had allegedly roughed some AAP supporters during a talk show organised by a local TV channel in Amethi.

Police officers said more clashes between the supporters of the two parties could not be ruled out. The AAP workers have been currently undertaking a ‘jhadu lagao, beiman bhagao yatra’ across the constituency. 

The rally, which was expected to reach almost every important village panchayat in the constituency, could spark tension while passing through the villages which were home to the Congress leaders. Friday’s clash had also occurred while the yatra was passing through Trisundi’s village.

“Vishwas is using objectionable language in his campaign. The people of Amethi are hurt. They will not tolerate that. We have no objection to him campaigning or contesting the polls but he must remain decent,” said the Amethi Congress president Yogendra Mishra. Vishwas said he was not scared of the tactics adopted by the Congress. “Congress is scared and that is why it is using such tactics,” he claimed.

With the Lok Sabha polls barely a few months away, more such clashes could not be ruled out, the officers said.

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