UP stops RG Amethi road in­au­gu­ra­tion

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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.

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