Amethi Visit: After Cong Flak, Admin Says 'Yes' To Rahul's Tour

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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 is scheduled to arrive at Amethi on a three day visit on Wednesday. Congress sources said Shah's visit has been planned as a counter to Rahul's September 25-27 campaign in poll-bound Gujarat which rattled the saffron party.

"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.

"In order to maintain law and order, a majority of the district police force will be on duty". Singh said that the government was afraid of Rahul's visit as they fear that he might during his direct interaction with the public may raise issues that are against the ruling BJP.

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In an interview to a leading daily newspaper (The Hindu) Mr Deora said, "Everyone across the party wants that the buck should stop with him".

However, the state government retracted on the issue after the Congress made a hue and cry and said that Rahul would not defer his visit.

During his recent tour to the United States, Rahul had said that he was willing to take over as Congress president while noting that it is decision the Grand Old Party has to make.

The administration is ready for his visit on the original dates as the Congress MP wanted to stick to his schedule, he said.

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The organisational polls of Congress are now underway, Pilot said, adding that the grass-root level cadres have appealed the party to cause no further delay in Rahul's elevation to the top post.

"That is why, (Smriti) Irani has taken the initiative to start those projects in Amethi", said Tripathi.

According to media reports, the district administration in its statement said, it has no problem if the Amethi parliamentarian visits his constituency.

Mr Singh added that the Yogi government was perhaps anxious that mr Gandhi's schedule might "eclipse" the proposed visit by BJP chief Amit Shah and Union ministers Smriti Irani and Nitin Gadkari to Amethi on October 10.

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