Rahul faces angry protesters in Amethi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, on a visit to his Lok Sabha constituency of Amethi on Wednesday, had to face protests by local people over power cuts and bad roads, as well as a challenge for a public debate by his likely rival candidate in the seat Kumar Vishwas.

Vishwas, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader preparing to face Rahul at Amethi in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, termed Rahul’s two-day visit to the constituency “political picnic”, while also throwing down the gauntlet for a public debate.

Rahul’s cavalcade was stopped at Akelwa village when he was on his way to Gauriganj, where the Congress vice president had to face angry local residents complaining about poor roads and erratic power supply.

“We are not in power here (UP). Samajwadi Party is ruling the state,” the Congress replied when Gandhi was flooded with complaints. The Congress leader was also shown black flags by members of a social organisation on way to Jais. He however surprised everyone when he shook hands with a handful of AAP supporters at Jais.

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