UP stops RG Amethi road inauguration
Lucknow: The UP government has denied AICC president Rahul Gandhi permission to inaugurate a new 5-km road in his parliamentary constituency Amethi. According to
BJP’s Amethi district president Uma Shankar Pandey, the road was built under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, at a total cost of Rs 3.30 crore. “How can he inaugurate a road which was constructed with the Central government funds and not from his MPLAD fund,” Pandey asked.
Lucknow: The Yogi Aditayanth government has denied permission to AICC President Rahul Gandhi to inaugurate a 5-km long, newly-constructed road in his parliamentary constituency Amethi.
According to Amethi BJP District President Uma Shanker Pandey, the road in Amethi was built under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), with a total cost of Rs 3.30 crore. “How can he inaugurate a road funded by the Central government, and not from his MPLAD fund, ” pointed Pandey.
On a complaint from Pandey, the district administration has put on hold the inauguration ceremony for which a plaque with the name of AICC President Rahul Gandhi has already been put up at Thari Kotwa in Amethi. A senior district administration official, however, gave a different reason for stalling the inauguration ceremony.
“We have denied permission for the inauguration as the Thari Kotwa Road is still under-construction,” the official said. He claimed that the local MP may inaugurate such projects in the presence of a minister.
The District Magistrate Shakuntala, however, refused to make any comment on the controversy surrounding the issue.
Agitated over the denial of permission, local Congress leaders said that they will go ahead with the inauguration ceremony come what may.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, who is on a three-day tour to Amethi, may also be joined by his mother and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The district administration has received the security protocol.
But it may be cancelled at the last minute. Last month also, she was to visit Rae Bareli for a day on February 24, but at the last moment, it was cancelled due to her health problems.
Congress district President BK Shukla claimed that she will visit only if her doctors allow her to travel. If she does visit, it will be Sonia’s first visit to her Lok Sabha constituency after a gap of over two years.
As per the programme received, Sonia will inaugurate IMA Bhawan, Passport Seva Kendra and other projects completed with MPLAD funds. She will hold meetings with District Congress Committee members.
Earlier, the AICC President was mobbed by party workers at the Amausi Airport. Workers raised slogans against UPCC Acting Chief Raj Babbar and former Rajya Sabha member Pramod Tiwari for ignoring the party’s interest in the presence of Rahul Gandhi. They alleged that the two leaders were promoting nepotism and giving importance to those who have joined the party recently.
Rahul Gandhi with farmers at Urer Mau village in Amethi on Monday.