Sharad Yadav slams UP administration for postponing Rahul's Amethi visit

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Refuting the grounds on which the authorities have asked the Congress vice-president to reschedule his visit, Mr Singh told PTI that by October 4, nearly all the festivities would be over.

Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit his constituency from October 4 to 6. He said while his request was not considered, the authorities would ensure "all-round security" for the Congress leader.

"We had just sent a confidential letter to the district Congress chief suggesting that the visit be postponed by 24-48 hours in view of the fact that the security personnel would be busy with the Durga idol immersion and Muharram processions", the district magistrate told journalists.

He said BJP President Amit Shah had been travelling in every nook and corner of the country during festivals, on holidays and on normal days for the last three years but he was never stopped by any District Magistrate on the pretext that police force was not available.

Speaking to ANI here, BJP spokesperson S. Prakash said, "The Congress party is free to have his own president of their choice".

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Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar termed the attempt to postpone Rahul's visit by the district administration an act of "cowardice and fear".

It was earlier reported that Congress MP Sachin Pilot had, in a print interview, said that Rahul Gandhi could take over as the president of the Indian National Congress (INC) soon after Diwali this year.

With Congress reacting angrily to the DM's letter by calling it politically motivated and refusing to reschedule Rahul's visit, Kumar said the administration was ready for the local MP's trip as planned.

At a press conference in New Delhi later in the day, Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the district administration's suggestion to postpone visit was "mala fide and discriminatory". Mr Gandhi is scheduled to visit his constituency from October 4 to 6. Further attacking the Congress vice president Tripathi said that many promises made by Rahul are still incomplete. Smriti Irani who had lost against Rahul Gandhi from Amethi during the 2014 Lok Sabha election. The district administration said that they no longer have any issue of the Amethi parliamentarian visits his constituency.

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